Solvay is introducing to the market a new portfolio of high-performance Tecnoflon peroxide curable fluoroelastomers (FKM) produced without the use of fluorosurfactants (a type of PFAS used as process aids).
The proprietary new technology, called NFS (non-fluorosurfactant), marks a breakthrough in FKM polymerization and aligns with the company’s sustainability roadmap Solvay One Planet as Solvay is setting the direction for the fluoropolymers industry to a more sustainable economy.
“Our peroxide curable FKM portfolio has always been the broadest in the industry making Tecnoflon a premier brand with our customers,” said Georges Houtappel, Executive Vice President Automotive Business, Solvay Materials. “This unique new non-fluorosurfactant polymerization process underscores our leadership in innovation, confirming our firm commitment to increase capacity and create a sustainable future.”
In July 2022 Solvay will start the mass sampling of the new Tecnoflon Peroxide curable grades to allow the market to test and adopt the NFS technology before the global roll-out of the new portfolio. The company aims to transition Tecnoflon FKM to NFS by the first quarter of 2024.
Peroxide curable FKM rubbers are key to many critical performance applications in industries from automotive and aerospace, oil & gas, chemical processing, to electronics and healthcare. Typical components include seals, gaskets, O-rings and hoses.