Solvay’s Solkane® 365/227 Blends Receive EPA SNAP Approval

  Solvay’s Solkane® 365/227 Blends Receive EPA SNAP Approval

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- May 20, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Friday (May 17, 2013) issued a
SNAP (Significant New Alternatives Policy) approval for commercial blends of
Solvay’s Solkane® 365/227. HFC-365mfc and HFC-227ea, containing 7 percent to
13 percent HFC-227ea and the remainder HFC-365mfc, are acceptable as
substitutes for foam blowing in:

  *Rigid polyurethane spray
  *Extruded polystyrene, boardstock and billet.

The EPA previously listed HFC-365mfc as an acceptable substitute for a number
of foam blowing end uses (September 30, 2009; 74 FR 50129). SNAP approval of
Solvay’s Solkane® 365/227 (87:13 and 93:07 blends) makes this third-generation
foaming agent solution an acceptable substitute for ozone-depleting substances
in rigid polyurethane spray and extruded polystyrene applications.

Solkane® 365/227 has been produced and successfully used for years in a broad
range of polyurethane and extruded polystyrene applications in Europe and
Canada. Lisa Norton, Solvay’s global sales and marketing manager for its
Solkane® insulation business, explains, “We greatly appreciate the strong
support we have received from our foam customer base and know that our
customers are eager to begin using this proven alternative in spray
polyurethane and extruded polystyrene foams. Solvay can provide a credible,
proven alternative and an unrivaled commercial, logistical and customer
service network. We are really looking forward to serving the U.S. foam

The Solkane® brand categories worldwide include refrigerants, foam blowing
agents, solvents, fire extinguishing agents and further specialized niche
markets. They are widely used in stationary and mobile AC refrigerant
applications, insulating applications, and fire suppression as well as a range
of cleaning applications. Solkane® products continue to be among the most
reliable, safe, efficient and cost-effective options for today’s global,
competitive business environment.

Due to all these advantages, Solkane® 365/227 has become the product of choice
internationally in a number of polyurethane applications, including spray
foam, where non-flammable blowing agents are essential or where high quality
is requested. In addition to the applications recently approved in the U.S.,
typical applications elsewhere globally include polyurethane and extruded
polystyrene pipe insulation, polyurethane sandwich panels
(continuous/discontinuous; construction/reefer), polyurethane and polystyrene
insulation panels, and polyurethane block and integral foams.  In the U.S.,
both HFC-365mfc and HFC-227ea are exempt from VOC (volatile organic compound)
classification, an important point for many U.S. customers. Approvals for
additional polyurethane applications also remain pending at EPA.

As an international chemical group, SOLVAY assists industry in finding and
implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. The Group is
firmly committed to sustainable development and focused on innovation and
operational excellence. Solvay serves diversified markets, generating 90% of
its turnover in activities where it is one of the top three worldwide. The
group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 29,000 people in 55
countries and generated 12.4 billion euros in net sales in 2012. Solvay SA
SOLB.BE) is listed on NYSE EURONEXT in Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB.BB
- Reuters: SOLBt.BR).


Product Information Contact:
Lisa Norton, Global Sales & Marketing Manager
Press Contact:
David Klucsik, Director of Communications North America
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