Exton, Pa.-based AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. has introduced AsahiGuard AG-E550D, a water- and oil-repelling product for advanced textiles and nonwovens that is free of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) at or above detection limits. When formulated into nonwoven textiles and textile finishes for high-performance outdoor and work clothing, AsahiGuard AG-E550D provides excellent water and oil repellency and stain resistance even after multiple wash cycles.
AsahiGuard AG-E550D fluorinated finishing agent is based on a patented short-chain C6 fluorinated polymer technology that supports an industry transition to alternative chemistries with reduced environmental impact. A sustainable alternative to long-chain C8 technology, C6 fluorinated polymers do not break down into PFOA, yet deliver comparable performance with improved environmental and toxicological profiles.
AG-E550D is nonflammable and has excellent compatibility with residual materials such as dye and auxiliary agents from preceding production processes. Non-ionic charge offers good compatibility with other finishing chemicals used in processing.
In addition to outerwear and work clothing, AsahiGuard AG-E550D is designed for advanced textiles used to produce shoes, uniforms, patio umbrellas, furniture, camping tents, sleeping bags, tablecloths and napkins, awnings and vehicle covers. It is also designed for high-performance nonwoven products for medical, industrial and consumer use.
AGC is a member of the FluoroCouncil, a global organization committed to helping textile and garment manufacturers reduce the environmental footprint of their products.