Leading the Way in VOC - Wacker Chemie AG


Leading the Way in VOC

VOCs, present in adhesives and paints for decades, have been of concern regarding environment and health. Fortunately, there are now environmentally sound alternatives available. Water-based paints based on VAE dispersions from WACKER contain so little volatile organic compounds (< 5 g/l) nowadays that they are deemed to be virtually VOC-free.

1940: Solvent-borne paints
Alkyd resin paints with very high solvent contents were the industrial norm many years ago.

1950: Latex paints
Although the launch of latex paints based on synthetic, organic polymers brought about a reduction in solvent content, the VOC level nonetheless remained high.

1970: Clean Air Act
The Clean Air Act put pressure on manufacturers. Many switched to formulations containing lower VOC levels.

1990: Extension of the Clean Air Act
The extension of the Clean Air Act pushed threshold values down even further. This helped establish vinyl acetate-ethylene (VAE) technology from WACKER on the market.

2007: Californian standard
Environmentally-aware California tightened the regulations on VOCs even further. This impacted the entire USA.

2016: Nearly VOC-free
Nowadays, environmentally sound paints sold in the USA are virtually VOC-free. Water-based paints based on VAE dispersions from WACKER contain so little volatile organic compounds (< 5 g/l) that they are called "Zero-VOC Paints" in many quarters.