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MERGAL® K10N Receives California EPA Approval for VOC-Free, Surfactant free BIT Preservative

Monday, April 29, 2002 - Troy Corporation announced today that the company has received approvals from the California Environmental Protection Agency for VOC-free, surfactant free 1,2 Benzisothiazolinon-3-one (BIT) product.

MERGAL® K10N is 100 percent water-soluble BIT chemistry. The product provides performance advantages over conventional BIT products. MERGAL® K10N is designed to provide all the in-package control of bacteria and fungi of conventional BIT products without sacrificing cost.

While MERGAL® K10N is applicable for all markets, the timeliness of this California approval provides a new tool to formulators facing the June 2002 implementation of California EPA rule 1113. This rule mandates immediate and dramatic reductions of VOC’s in architectural coatings. With MERGAL® K10N, coatings chemist can conveniently reformulate existing BIT containing formulas with this zero-VOC preservative.


Unlike conventional BIT preservatives which are sold as glycol solutions or are emulsified with surfactants, MERGAL® K10N is free of these ancillary ingredients that can affect coating properties, color development and cause instability of emulsion systems. MERGAL® K10N may be added directly without the need for pre-dilution. As the product is fully water-soluble, gelling and seeding common with conventional BIT products are avoided. Additionally, the inherent water solubility of the product helps deliver more BIT directly to the water phase where it is needed - the location of the offending organisms.

MERGAL® K10N has approvals and can be used in the same applications in which conventional BIT products are used, including: adhesives, color concentrates, pigment slurries, paints, inks, sealants, and polymer emulsions. The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared the product for use in adhesives, paper, paperboard, polymers, and rubber goods (Title 21, CFR sections 175.105, 176.170, 176.180, 176.300, and 177.2600).

Founded in 1950, Troy Corporation is a manufacturer of performance materials including industrial preservatives and additives. The corporation headquarters is in Florham Park, NJ, with principal subsidiaries located in Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

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