ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 21, 2012--
Georgia Gulf Corporation’s (NYSE: GGC) commitment to developing
renewable materials to help end-use customers meet their sustainability
goals took another step forward with the announcement today of an
agreement to collaborate with Segetis, Inc. to offer a new flexible
vinyl compound based on Javelin™ technology bio-plasticizers from
“This is an exciting collaboration that combines Segetis' proprietary
technology with Georgia Gulf’s vinyl compounding expertise to customize
formulations that deliver unique performance profiles,” said William H.
Doherty, vice president – vinyl compounds at Georgia Gulf.
This is the second collaboration to develop bio-based flexible PVC
compounds announced in 2012 by Georgia Gulf.
“The addition of the specialty bio-based plasticizers from Segetis
expands our sustainable product portfolio and underscores our commitment
to offer a range of solutions to our customers that are free of
phthalates and heavy metals,” Doherty said.
The Segetis bio-based plasticizers are built on an exciting new platform
of cellulosic-based levulinic ketals, which Segetis has branded as
Javelin™ technology. These plasticizers are compatible across a wide
loading range, are highly efficient with excellent permanence and bring
faster processing speeds and elevated temperature performance. Coupled
with their ability to be 100-percent bio-based, all Segetis plasticizers
bring low vapor pressure and low extractables, and they are broadly
miscible with many resin families.
“We are extremely gratified to have won the confidence of Georgia Gulf
Corporation and are excited to support Georgia Gulf’s sustainability
goals with our performance plasticizers,” said Atul Thakrar, chief
executive officer of Segetis.
“New technologies need champions, and Georgia Gulf is in a unique
position to drive and influence change toward bio-based compounds in the
flexible vinyl supply chain,” Thakrar said. “You cannot ask for a better
champion in this business than one of the world’s most respected and
Georgia Gulf has begun to introduce these new flexible compounds to
manufacturers of toys and decorative construction materials, and the
company continues to develop compounds for a growing range of
“The bio-based compounds with the Segetis plasticizers are suitable for
a variety of consumer and industrial end products that would benefit
from a non-phthalate solution, but won’t compromise on their ability to
deliver specific properties,” Doherty said.
Segetis is a technology-enabled green chemistry company headquartered in
Minneapolis, Minnesota. Segetis produces versatile, cost-effective
chemical building blocks which harness the power and reliability of
renewable agricultural and forestry resources. Powered by its Javelin™
technology, these proprietary materials are backed by a strong
intellectual asset portfolio built on composition of matter patents and
a team that leverages over 400 years of experience in new material and
renewable technology commercialization. Segetis offers a portfolio of
bio-based materials with a focus on Performance First and is
transforming the chemical industry by offering unique material
properties, cost effective economics and a dramatically improved health
and environmental footprint. Specialty low VOC solvents and
phthalate-free bio-based plasticizers are the first commercial products.
For more information, visit www.segetis.com.
About Georgia Gulf
Georgia Gulf Corporation is a leading, integrated North American
manufacturer of two chemical lines, chlorovinyls and aromatics, and
manufactures vinyl-based building and home improvement products. The
company's vinyl-based building and home improvement products, marketed
under the Royal Building Products and Exterior Portfolio brands, include
window and door profiles, mouldings, siding, pipe and pipe fittings, and
deck, fence and rail products. Georgia Gulf, headquartered in Atlanta,
Georgia, has manufacturing facilities located throughout North America
to provide industry-leading service to customers. For more information,
Source: Georgia Gulf Corporation
Georgia Gulf Corporation
Alan Chapple, 770-395-4538