Solvay, a supplier of advanced materials, has announced that its Alve-One foaming solutions have been awarded the 2022 Pierre Potier Prize during a ceremony organized by France Chimie on October 27 in Paris. Alve-One is a family of safe and eco-friendly, patented chemical foaming agents developed for use in thermoplastic foams.
The innovative Alve-One technology is based on functionalized sodium bicarbonate, offering foam resin producers, additive manufacturers and plastic converters a uniquely safe, sustainable and efficient alternative to incumbent hazardous blowing agents. The Alve-One technology protects people throughout the entire life cycle of the foaming solutions, from storage, handling, transport and processing to the final foamed products, including recycling since it does not generate residues.
“We are very pleased to receive this prestigious prize, which acknowledges our firm and continuous commitment to sustainability” said Karine Cavalier, Business Line Manager. “Solvay is ready to collaborate with the plastic foam industry in the transition to its Alve-One portfolio, which will take their foaming business to new heights, stepping up innovation, efficiency and sustainability.”
Solvay’s Alve-One foaming solutions are a perfect example of ‘safe and sustainable by design’ chemistry, well aligned with the EU Green Deal and Solvay’s One Planet commitment. They provide a superior alternative over potentially hazardous and/or toxic blowing agents as well as expandable microspheres currently in the market, without compromising performance or efficiency. In particular, the technology has been accredited as a safe substitute for azodicarbonamide (ADCA), which has been classified by the REACH Regulation as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC).
Furthermore, Alve-One foaming solutions provide sought-after benefits, e.g. in white foam formulations, where they reduce the need for titanium dioxide (TiO2) while enabling odorless foams and minimizing the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC). With 10 times lower CO2 equivalent emissions, 34 times lower water and 22 times lower energy consumption than ADCA, they also help users reduce the overall environmental footprint of their processes and products.
“Each ton of ADCA replaced by Alve-One in plastic foams is a step towards a more responsible and sustainable chemistry for the well-being of all of us and our planet” added Jean-Yves Seguin, Project Manager at Solvay.
Due to their inherent versatility, Alve-One foaming solutions can be used in a wide range of thermoplastic polymers and are compatible with most additives in plastic foaming. Manufactured in Europe, they are globally available in a unique set of formulations, each developed to address specific application requirements in areas including primarily automotive, footwear, building & construction, consumer goods and packaging.
Alve-One has been officially identified as a sustainable alternative for foamed thermoplastics by multiple organizations, such as the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec), the Solar Impulse Foundation, which recognized it as an Efficient Solution, and Inovyn, which gave it an Innovation Award in 2019.
Solvay has already won the Pierre Potier award in:
- 2021, for its Addibond innovation, high-performance specialty additives for paint and adhesive adhesion on aluminum and galvanized steel.
- 2019, for its AgRho S-Boost innovation, a seed treatment product of bio-sourced origin that stimulates plant growth and develops root architecture.
- 2016, for its Move4earth innovation, enabling the transformation of complex textile waste into high-quality recycled plastics.
- 2015, for its innovation, BiFor-Safe, a solution based on sodium bicarbonate and mineral salts, which effectively fights certain pests and improves the hygiene of agricultural buildings.
Fiind out more about Solvay at solvay.com.