What is a Phthalate?
Generally when the term “phthalate” is used in the context of plasticizers it refers to any one of a family compounds called “ortho-phthalates”, and these have been the subject of most of the increased regulation. Manufacturers have used phthalates for as long as they have, because it is a solid product that serves their customers applications very well. By far the most widely used phthalate plasticizer is DEHP (Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate), with DIDP (Diisodecyl phthalate), DINP (Diisononyl phthalate) and BBP (Benzyl butyl phthalate) following close behind.
Why the change?
In recent years regulatory compliance has become more and more important to our customers. The use of DEHP (a type of phthalate) in their products prevents them from being able to maintain compliance with regulations like REACH, RoHS and Proposition 65.
Are there any differences between the old compound and the new compound?
In most applications no difference in performance or appearance will occur. In some applications with high temperatures and or high concentrations of certain chemicals degradation may occur more quickly.
Is there a price difference?
No, all pricing remains the same.
Are the part numbers different?
Yes, all 8160 part numbers will now start with 8860 and all 8170 part numbers will now start with 8870. All other part numbers will stay the same.
Can I get a sample?
Yes, please contact your distributor, independent sales rep or Finger Lakes Extrusion directly to discuss getting a sample.