Volume 86 Issue 29 | p. 32
Issue Date: July 21, 2008

Solvent Users Look To Replace NMP

N-Methylpyrrolidone enabled environmentally friendlier products, but now it has toxicity problems
Department: Business

ONCE TOUTED as benign, the solvent N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) is under scrutiny because of concerns over its potential health effects. Although manufacturers say NMP is safe to use when handled properly, these health concerns have opened opportunities for alternative solvents and processes that make do without NMP.

Paint makers and other solvent users regarded NMP as something of a wonder chemical during the 1980s and '90s, when they used it to create environmentally friendly polyurethane coatings, . . .

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