06 Nov 09
Huntsman Launches Environmentally-Friendly HYDRAPOL® RP Surfactants
Commitment to Innovation and the Environment

EVERBERG, Belgium – The Performance Products division of Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) has launched a new range of versatile and easy to use surfactants for high performance wetting and dispersancy applications which according to ISO tests are readily biodegradable, do not require classification as dangerous goods and which demonstrate lower aquatic toxicity than conventional surfactants.

Daniele Ferrari, President of Huntsman’s Performance Products division said: “The HYDRAPOL® RP series of surfactants is the result of focused Huntsman research directed specifically at finding practical solutions to environmental challenges facing the specialty chemicals industry.”

HYDRAPOL® RP series non-ionic surfactants can be used in the formulation of domestic and industrial detergents, leather degreasers, scouring detergents, textile and paper processing chemicals, processing additives, and adhesives.  They are currently manufactured at the company’s plant in Botany Bay, Australia, with plans to expand elsewhere.

About Surfactants:

Surface science is a branch of chemistry which defines the behavior of molecules at or near a surface or interface.  This interface can be between liquids, solids or gases (or any combination between them) and molecules which modify behavior at an interface are called surface active agents or ‘surfactants’.  Surfactants are responsible for the fundamental physical effects of wetting, dispersion or deflocculation and emulsification.  Huntsman manufactures surfactants at plants in North America, Europe and Australia.

About Huntsman:

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals.  Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care , detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging.  Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has 12,000 employees and operates from multiple locations worldwide.  The Company had 2008 revenues exceeding $10 billion.  For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company’s website at

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Note: HYDRAPOL® is a registered trademark of Huntsman Corporation or an affiliate thereof in one or more, but not all, countries.