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Paint & Coatings Industry, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 26-35 (2005)
The demand for moisture management and highly breathable fabric constructions is growing. Regulatory pressures to reduce or eliminate HAPs and VOCs remain strong globally. Permax hydrophilic nonionic polyurethane dispersions and compounds offer a viable alternative to solvent-containing, high-MVT systems and laminates used to produce waterproof breathable fabrics. The incorporation of hydrophilic pendent PEO groups into the polyurethane backbone provides highly breathable compositions when used at the appropriate level and with the proper length. The robust colloidal stability and functionality of these products provide new tools to meet the changing technical demands of the coated fabrics market. The environmentally friendly Permax technology opens a window of opportunity into a broad range of applications that go beyond the textile coating industry.
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