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Additive technology to reduce VOCs
AqFresh is a revolutionary, versatile additive technology that will have a profound impact on vehicle indoor air quality.
Developed by UK-based Chemtech company Aqdot, this supra-molecular powder has been incorporated into nonwovens, textiles and plastics that are typically found in automotive interior parts, and has been proved to significantly reduce their VOC and odor emissions. The patented technology utilizes cucurbiturils, which are barrel-shaped molecules with a hollow hydrophobic cavity and polar portals, enabling them to tightly bind a wide spectrum of unwanted molecules.
This advanced technology has been applied to textile and nonwoven materials through dry impregnation as well as by spraying and padding during the finishing process.
AqFresh has also proved effective in rigid plastic parts such as PP for dashboards, into which it can be incorporated via compounding or polymer masterbatch. It has been added into the manufacturing process of PVC coated textiles, and VDA-270 sensory panel tests clearly demonstrate a 1-1.5 points reduction in odors. The technology captures a wide range of pollutants and malodors. It is unaffected by normal changes in environmental conditions and is non-toxic. It is an innovative way to reduce VOCs and odors for a safer, fresher driving experience.