October 2, 2018Products

AGC Launches Global Sales of AMOLEA AS-300, a New Type of Environmentally-friendly Fluorinated Solvent

AGC, a world-leading manufacturer of glass, chemicals and high-tech materials, has announced the global sales launch of AMOLEA AS-300, a new type of environmentally-friendly fluorinated solvent. The product will be available from October 17.

This launch marks the first time ever to realize an environmentally-friendly fluorinated solvent that reduces Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP*1) to almost "0" and Global Warming Potential (GWP*2) to under "1". AMOLEA AS-300 not only exerts minimal impact on our global environment, but also delivers superior safety and cleaning solvency. Since announcing the product in October 2017, AGC has conducted detailed performance evaluations in cooperation with customers, which have verified its fitness in a wide range of applications. Now that mass production preparations have also been completed, the company will launch the official global sales of the product.

Fluorinated solvents have traits that give them advantages over other products. For instance, their non-flammability provides easy handling; low surface tension allows them to clean parts with complex shapes; and moderate boiling point helps keep usage volume down. This makes them ideal for a wide variety of applications that include cleaning of precision parts and optical components, and dilution as a carrier fluid for silicone oils.

Before this, AGC's Asahiklin AK-225 was already being used in a wide variety of applications to contribute to our global environment. It was also developed by AGC well ahead of the rest of the world, and provided a low-ODP (ozone depletion potential) fluorinated solvent that could be used as a CFC (Chloro Fluoro Carbon) substitute. However, rising environmental awareness in recent years has created strong demand in the world for new solvents with even lower Ozone Depletion Potential and Global Warming Potential.
AGC responded by developing AMOLEA AS-300 as a new fluoronated solvent to replace AK-225. This product reduces Ozone Depletion Potential to almost "0" and Global Warming Potentia to under "1" while still delivering comparable boiling point, solvency, and safety levels to AK-225. With minimal impact on the global environment combined with superior solvency, AMOLEA AS-300 goes beyond just being a replacement for AK-225; it is also ideal for a customers moving away from chlorinated solvents, and npropyl bromide solvents*3 which will be banned (except for specified uses) in Europe by July 2020, and can be easily used in existing vapor degreasers.
Under its AGC plus management policy, the AGC Group has made a commitment to create products that add various 'pluses' for stakeholders. Pluses for society include 'safety', 'security', and 'comfort', while pluses for customers include 'new value' and 'functionality'. AGC is dedicated to leveraging the technical strengths it has built up and refined through years of experience with fluorochemicals to continue develop and provide products that help in reducing environmental impact.

1: Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP): A coefficient that represents the destructive effect of the unit weight of mass of substance emitted into the atmosphere, as compared with the potential of chlorofluorocarbon-11 (CFC-11) which is assigned a reference value of 1.
2: Global Warming Potential (GWP): A coefficient that represents the effect on global warming. It refers to a figure that expresses the global warming potential of greenhouse gases in relation to the baseline value of carbon dioxide.
3: n-propyl bromide (1-bromopropane): Based on toxicity data, the ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) has banned the use of such solvents in Europe, except for specified uses, from July 4, 2020 as described in Annex XIV of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals).


■About the AGC Group■
AGC Inc.(Headquarters: Tokyo, President & CEO: Takuya Shimamura) is the parent company of the AGC Group, a world-leading glass solution provider and supplier of flat, automotive and display glass, chemicals, ceramics and other high-tech materials and components. Based on more than a century of technical innovation, the AGC Group has developed a wide range of cutting-edge products. The AGC Group employs some 50,000 people worldwide and generates annual sales of approximately 1.5 trillion Japanese yen through business in about 30 countries. For more information, please visit www.agc.com/en

■Physical properties of AMOLEAAS-300■
Physical properties of AMOLEAAS-300 are as below.
*Note: Value represents solvency *Note: Value represents solvency
■AMOLEA Series Lineup ■
The AMOLEA Series Lineup is listed below.

Generic name Product name Use
New environmentally-friendly fluorinated solvent AMOLEAAS Series Various cleaning solvents and carrier solvents
Environmentally-friendly fluorinated solvent AMOLEA AT Series Various cleaning solvents and carrier solvents
New environmentally-friendly refrigerant AMOLEA1224yd Various refrigerants
New environmentally-friendly refrigerant AMOLEA1234yf Refrigerant for Mobile Air Conditioning
Kazumi Tamaki, General Manager, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Division
AGC Inc.
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