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Consumer Safety

Solenis expands BPA-free thermal-ink production

by Craig Bettenhausen
June 20, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 24

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Credit: Solenis
Concern over bisphenol A has led firms to develop alternate chemistries, including for thermal printing.

The specialty chemical maker Solenis is scaling up production in India of its Pergafast 425 color developer for thermal-printing paper. Retailers, restaurants, and other customer-facing businesses use the paper to print receipts because it eliminates the need to maintain a liquid ink supply. But a lot of thermal paper uses bisphenol A (BPA), a suspected endocrine disruptor. Solenis’s developers avoid using BPA.

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