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AzkoNobel Debuts Alternative to NPE Industrial Degreasers

January 10, 2011

AzkoNobel Debuts Alternative to NPE Industrial Degreasers


Berol 609 is ideal for aqueous cleaning products.
Here is good news for formulators facing the challenge of replacing nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) in industrial detergents and cleaners: AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry has introduced Berol 609, an alcohol ethoxylate blend designed to match the key properties and effective performance of NPEs typically used in industrial degreasing formulations (NP9 and NP10), while providing a safe, readily biodegradable alternative and exceeding the degreasing power of leading NPE replacements, according to the company.

Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the industrial laundry industry are targeting the phase-out of NPEs in 2013. As a result, formulators will find the introduction of Berol 609, the next generation of NPE replacement, very timely, according to AkzoNobel.

Berol 609 may be used as a direct dropin replacement for NP9 and NP10 in aqueous cleaning formulations. Developed to formulate efficient aqueous cleaners, it is completely water-soluble. And when it is placed in existing formulations, none of the other components need be modified to maintain performance.

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Dequest PB Is Ideal For Eco-Friendly Detergents

Dequest PB grades are eco-friendly products obtained by turning a natural substance into effective ingredients, according to Thermphos USA. Its active component, carboxymethyl inulin sodium salt, is obtained from a polysaccharide extracted from chicory root (Inulin).

Its exceptionally low toxicity, nonpersistent character and natural origin ensure that it has a low impact on the environment. Additionally, its binding capabilities and dispersing properties make it an ingredient of choice for eco-friendly detergents, according to the company.

Dequest PB is an environmentally friendly, fast acting, water-soluble builder component with co-builder properties. It delivers multiple benefits through the wash, ranging from scale prevention to glass corrosion inhibition. Thanks to its high solubility in cold wash condition, Dequest PB acts right from the beginning of the wash to handle hardness ions.

More info: Thermphos USA Corporation, (877) 888-4425,

Flax Seed Extract Key In Skin Care Ingredient

Helping consumers achieve younger, healthier-looking skin begins with effective protection against environmental factors. To help optimize the skin’s barrier function, ISP has introduced Lipigenine, a novel ingredient that may help boost skin lipid synthesis in the stratum corneum for optimized lipidic homeostasis and better protection of the skin.

Lipigenine, a flax seed extract, was designed to help the skin optimize lipidic homeostasis by boosting the synthesis of stratum corneum intercellular lipids (e.g., ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids), according to ISP. Its protective properties make Lipigenine ideal for skin care products positioned for consumers with dry and sensitive skin and in products to counter the drying effects of daily exposure to detergents and soaps.

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New Innovations at Sederma

To reduce the signs of aging, Sederma expanded its Matrixyl range with Matrixyl Synthe’6. According to the company, it fills in wrinkles from the inside both on the forehead and the crow’s feet area for visibly smoother and plumper skin.

Sederma also is proud to offer a new solution to those looking to reduce irregularities in pigmentation or to lighten skin complexion. Based on a botanical, Wonderlight acts on both melanocytes and associated keratinocytes to help lessen pigmentation disorders, according to the company. It is preservative free and is approved for Japan.

More info: (33) 134841010,,; in the U.S.,,

Dow Introduces Zinc-Free Film Former

As part of its strategy to expand its portfolio of sustainable solutions to meet the evolving needs of the global floor care industry, Dow Fabric & Surface Care rolled out Duragreen 135 Polymer, a new zincfree film former for household floor care.

According to the company, the polymer provides a number of environmental advantages and performance benefits to formulators of floor care products. It enables the formulation of high-gloss polishes without the use of undesirable ingredients, such as tributoxyethylphosphate, fluorosurfactants and silicone defoamers, thereby enabling formulators to optimize their products by reducing the number of ingredients used.

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