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Ladenburg/Boston, 16 February 2015

Citrate plasticizers CITROFOL® - The biobased solution for polymers

At the NPE2015 Jungbunzlauer will present its whole range of CITROFOL® types. CITROFOL® esters are safe and effective plasticizers with sound market growth as a bio-based alternative to traditional crude oil based products. Visitors are welcome to discuss with technical experts their requirement profile to select the most appropriate solution for their needs.

CITROFOL® products are compatible with a broad range of polymer types that include PVC, PU, acrylics but also biopolymers such as cellulosics, PLA and PHA. In most cases, CITROFOL® esters will replace traditional plasticizers as a safe drop-in solution at a competitive price level. Citrate esters and its customized blends, CITROFOL® Systems, are fulfilling California’s proposition 65. Due to their low toxicity and compliance with stringent regulatory requirements, CITROFOL® is preferably used not only in sensitive applications such as medical devices, food packaging and pharmaceutical coatings, but also in sealants and adhesives. Furthermore, industrial applications also benefit when using CITROFOL® products which results in low volatility and low migration according to the customer needs.

CITROFOL® BII is a fully degradable citrate ester and is suitable for standard plastic products as well as for biobased plastics. This versatile, first-rate plasticizer is certified by the renowned DIN CERTCO institute according to the US standard ASTM D 6400 as well as the European compostable additives standard DIN EN 13432. This certification requires biodegradation of at least 90% of the materials within 180 days. Tests and comprehensive analysis have proven that CITROFOL® BII is environmentally friendly, and that it leaves absolutely no residues or degradation products in the soil, which can then still be used as farmland. This is why CITROFOL® BII is particularly recommended for use in biopolymers such as PLA (polylactic acid) for agricultural applications (e.g. mulch films, or films used to prevent soil erosion).
Furthermore, Jungbunzlauer’s citrate esters hold the USDA certificate for biobased products that verifies the amount of renewable biobased ingredients.

Jungbunzlauer is the worldwide leading producer of citric acid using a natural process: fermentation technology. Based on citric acid as the primary feedstock, Jungbunzlauer manufactures citrate esters under the well-known brand CITROFOL®. The local organization and various US warehouses guarantee excellent service and availability of CITROFOL®, assuring that material is always close to our customers.

We are pleased to meet you at the NPE2015, March 23-27 in Orlando, Florida, at booth #26063 (South Hall).