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Ashland Distribution features ACRASTRIP1

Ashland Plastics Europe : 18 July, 2006  (Company News)
Eliminating harsh chemical exposures during equipment cleaning is now achievable with ACRASTRIP composite resin remover, an acetone replacement that helps companies meet environmental and competitive goals. Now available, from Ashland Distribution, a division of Ashland Inc, ACRASTRIP solvent was designed for the composites resin industry.
ACRASTRIP CRR was developed by U.S. Polychemical Corp. and is a semi-aqueous, acetone replacement that is non-flammable and enjoys a low-hazard profile. In environments where ACRASTRIP is used, the product releases no hazardous air pollutants and features a low volatile organic compound rating. The patented product is listed in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment program. ACRASTRIP solvent is effective for use with cured and uncured polyester, vinylester, epoxy, urethane, methacrylate and other resin systems.

Composite fabricators who use ACRASTRIP CRR find an immediate reduction in waste disposal issues that normally surround acetone because most ACRASTRIP solids can be disposed of as non-hazardous waste. In addition Ashland Distribution's Environmental Services can assist businesses with the safe disposal of residue solids.

The compound completely replaces most acetone uses as a cleaning solvent and is being quickly accepted as the primary cleaning solvent in fiberglass shops. Cleaning applications include, but are not limited to, rollers, internal mix guns, external mix and gelcoat guns, putty/adhesive equipment and wiping in the finishing area.

Ashland Distribution has carried ACRASTRIP CRR for several months and has noted a successful introduction to the composites market. 'Customers find the product easy to use and very effective with virtually no health or safety concerns,' said Don Belock, composites sourcing director, Ashland Distribution. 'Additionally, the cost to use this product is typically less than acetone because ACRASTRIP solvent lasts longer and doesn't evaporate like acetone.'

To learn more about ACRASTRIP CRR contact an Ashland Distribution composites representative, or visit the Ashland display booth at upcoming composite industry trade shows.

Ashland Distribution, a division of Ashland Inc., is a leading distributor of chemicals, plastics, composite materials and environmental services in North America.
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