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Dow Corning Develops OP-8800 Softener

Midland, Mich.-based Dow Corning reports its newly developed OP-8800 Premium Hydrophilic Softener delivers several benefits to textile finishers, including a high level of water absorbency, wickability and softness; minimal to no impact on substrate whiteness and stain-release properties of fluorocarbon-treated textiles; and very good process stability.

In addition, the new softener, made up of a new silicone copolymer, contains almost no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) - emissions of which are a major cause of air pollution. Comparable silicone products may contain up to 300 grams per liter of VOCs.

Microemulsions made with OP-8800 Softener are high-pH stable, high-shear and compatible with anionic treatments, according to Dow Corning.

"Recent market trends along the entire textile industry value chain, especially in the home textiles and apparel markets, have required that formulators develop ecologically sound, safe, high-performance multifunctional textile finishes," said Fernando Vazquez, technical leader of Dow Corning Americas Textiles.

"We believe OP-8800 Softener is the perfect product to help formulators meet those needs," Vasquez added.

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