Rhodia introduces Rhodiasolv® STRIP new eco-friendly core ingredient for safe, high performance and flexible paint stripping formulationsNews release
Paris, France – December 11th, 2009 – Global specialty chemicals producer Rhodia has introduced Rhodiasolv® STRIP, a new eco-friendly, safe and high performing core ingredient especially developed for dichloromethane-free paint stripping solutions.
Based on the eco-friendly solvent Rhodiasolv® IRIS, recipient of the 2009 Pierre Potier award for innovation in chemistry supporting sustainable development, Rhodiasolv® STRIP is now commercially available worldwide.
Rhodiasolv® STRIP is biodegradable and requires no labeling because it is non-toxic, non-flammable, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. This unique and proprietary blend is also classified as non-VOC* according to EU legislation (1999/13/EC**).
Rhodiasolv® STRIP enables customers to develop products compliant with strictest regulations for paint stripping, such as the latest European legislation coming into force in 2010 (76/769/EEC). Furthermore, Rhodiasolv® STRIP provides great flexibility for manufacturers to design high-performance paint stripping formulations aimed at domestic (Do-It-Yourself), professional and industrial markets.
Rhodiasolv® STRIP is part of the Rhodiasolv® IRIS eco-friendly solvent range already used in numerous applications, including metal and resin cleaning, industrial degreasing, and foundry resin production. As part of this solvent innovation platform, Rhodia is targeting additional applications such as graffiti removal, ink clean-up in printing processes and nail varnish removal.
In addition to the eco-friendly properties of these solvent-based solutions, Rhodia has designed the production process to improve the integration of its raw materials streams, thereby reducing carbon footprint.
“This latest extension to our award winning Rhodiasolv® range reflects Rhodia’s continued commitment to develop application-specific materials that respond to customers demand for more eco-friendly and sustainable products that do not compromise on performance,” said John Foley, Vice President Rhodia Novecare, Industrial and Coatings. “We will continue to invest in innovating and developing new products that match our customer’s and industry’s needs for safe, high performing and responsible solutions.”
* non-VOC: non Volatile Organic Compounds
** Non-classified dangerous for the environment regarding the European regulations.
Rhodia is an international chemical company resolutely committed to sustainable development. As a leader in its businesses, the Group aims to improve its customers’ performance through the pursuit of operational excellence and its ability to innovate. Structured around six Enterprises, Rhodia is the partner of major players in the automotive, electronics, flavors and fragrances, health, personal and home care markets, consumer goods and industrial markets. The Group employs around 14,500 people worldwide and generated sales of €4.8 billion in 2008. Rhodia is listed on NYSE Euronext.
Rhodia Novecare, with a net sales of €971M is one of the six Group’s Enterprises and provides high-performance products and solutions to a wide range of industries including cosmetics, detergents, agrochemicals and oil, as well as coating and industrial applications. Thanks to a worldwide industrial footprint and global R&D and tech-support network, Rhodia Novecare holds leading positions in the surfactants, phosphorus derivatives, natural polymers, synthetic polymers and monomers technologies, and eco-friendly oxygenated solvents. Rhodia Novecare has developed particular expertise valuable to answer and anticipate customer’s needs in protection, surface modification, rheology, active delivery, improvement of formulations and processes, environment and health respect.