Performance MaterialsEnvironment-friendly, people-friendly

Performance materials have unique structures derived from materials created by our technologies. They contribute to the protection of our global environment when used as the raw materials of lubricants used with CFC substitutes that do not damage the ozone layer, or as the raw materials for water-borne paints. They are also used as the raw materials of consumer goods we use every day, such as cosmetics and household detergents.

Application Application

Cosmetics base materials

Application Application

Construction paints

Main products of the Performance Materials business

Field Lubricants Water-borne paints Cosmetics
Main products
Characteristics Special lubricants are used for the environment-friendly refrigeration compressors for CFC substitutes. KH Neochem products are used around the world as the raw materials for these lubricants. DAAM is a raw material that is highly regarded in the market for its ability to both reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) generated when formulating water-borne paints, and to form robust coatings.
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KH Neochem’s technologies have produced 1,3-butylene glycol, which is highly regarded by customers for its high quality as a raw material in cosmetics and other products.

Explanation of terminology

What is CFC?

Freon gas (chlorofluorocarbon) is used as refrigerant in refrigerating equipment such as air conditioners and refrigerators. Freon gas is chemically stable and, apart from serving as a refrigerant, was used widely for applications such as the foaming agent in polystyrene foam and as a fire retardant. However, it was discovered that some Freon gases contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer, therefore CFC, which is not harmful to the ozone, were developed in order to protect the planet’s environment. Currently, CFC is being used as an environmentally-friendly refrigerant to replace Freon gas.

What is water-borne paints?

Paint is applied to objects and forms a thin resin coat on the surface of such objects for the purposes of beautification or protection. Water-borne paints are paint formed by dispersing the paint resin (synthetic resin or pigment) which will become the coat, in water. Recently, water-borne paints are used in construction paints and wood paints as a means of reducing VOCs (volatile organic compounds).