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Air Products Launches New Catalyst & Additive Technologies


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Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (APD - Analyst Report) announced that it has launched a new set of catalyst and additive technologies that further permit the use of low-Global Warming Potential (GWP) Hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) Blowing Agents in polyurethane foam applications.

The products will be showcased at the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry's (CPI) annual Technical Conference held in Baltimore, MD, from Sep 26-28, 2016. At the CPI Conference, Air products will feature a Technical Poster on its new series of catalyst and additives technologies that enable HFO blowing agents. A second Technical Poster, "Emission Management Advances for Flexible Polyurethane Foam" will provide insight into a diverse set of additive solutions to help manufacturers attain low or non-emissive foam products and underline Air Products' position as an industry leader in foam emission management at CPI.

Among the products that will be showcased is Polycat 203 catalyst. It is a patented, water-free, non-emissive amine catalyst for Integral Skin Applications that demonstrates excellent resin-side stability when used with HFO blowing agents.

Another product that will be launched is Polycat 218 catalyst which is a a patented, blow-biased, non-emissive amine catalyst for Spray Foam Applications (SPF) that can provide faster initiation while maintaining excellent resin-side stability when used in combination with Polycat 204 and HFO blowing agents.

Dabco PM301 catalyst is a patented, non-emissive, organic modifier that can promote HFO blowing agent solubility in SPF applications. Polycat 211 and Dabco TMR18 catalysts  are both new catalyst technologies that can be utilised to improve both system reactivity and physical properties in rigid foams that use HFO blowing agents and contain high water content levels.

At the conference, Air Products will also introduce a brand new additives selection guide that will highlight the performance benefits of Dabco hybrid catalysts and Polycat SA heat-activation catalysts to achieve delayed reaction, or faster cure in polyurethane coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE) applications.

Air Products currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Stock to Consider

Some better-ranked stocks in the chemical space include Innophos Holdings Inc. (IPHS - Snapshot Report) , Innospec Inc. (IOSP - Snapshot Report) , and E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DD - Analyst Report) .

Innophos Holdings sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company has expected earnings growth of 48.6% for the current year. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Innospec which also sports a Zacks Rank #1 has posted positive earnings surprises in the trailing four quarters.

DuPont carries Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and has posted positive earnings surprises in the last four quarters.

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