Lubrizol announces new PTFE-modified wax additives, enabling formulators to meet PFOA regulations

September 14, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Lubrizol Performance Coatings announces the availability of PTFE wax additives containing less than 25 ppb PFOA to meet new PFOA regulations (as specified in ANNEX I of Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 under the Stockholm Convention on POPS).

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is commonly used in the coating and ink industries to deliver beneficial surface protection properties. However, legislation came  into effect on July 4, 2020 that is driving a shift away from raw materials like PTFE that typically contain Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA). While PFOA is not a typical raw material used in the ink and coating industry, it can be generated during the manufacture of small particle PTFE, leading formulators to look for  alternatives.

Lubrizol has developed formulations using grades of PTFE that are compliant with EU legislation, while providing inks and coatings the same protection and aesthetic properties previously attained. In addition, Lubrizol has developed PTFE-free products that deliver similar properties to PTFE-containing formulations. Available in micronized and dispersed forms, these new wax additives can help ink and coating manufacturers deliver safer products without sacrifices in performance.

“With diverse approaches, Lubrizol is prepared to help formulators meet the new PFOA requirements”, shares Kevin Quinn, global product manager. “With new products across our Lanco™, Lanco™ Glidd, and PowderAdd™ product lines, we look forward to collaborating with customers to enhance ink and coating portfolios with safer, effective products.”

Visit for a list of PTFE-modified and PTFE-free wax additives and additional information.

About The Lubrizol Corporation
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, leverages its unmatched science to unlock immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results to help the world  Move Cleaner, Create Smarter and Live Better. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol owns and operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities, sales and technical offices around the world and has approximately 8,800 employees. For more information, visit

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