Overview of FluoroTechnology and the FluoroCouncil

What is FluoroTechnology?

FluoroTechnology is the use of fluorine chemistry to create any fluorinated product. The scope of FluoroCouncil is focused on fluoropolymer products, fluorotelomer-based products, fluoro-surfactants and fluoro-surface property modification agents. These products provide strength, resilience and durability to a variety of products and industries which are critical to modern life. FluoroTechnology is essential to many important products, including: wire & cable insulation for computer and cell phone circuits to enable high-speed data transfer; high reliability hoses for aircraft and cars to reduce emissions; firefighting foams for extinguishing aircraft and oilfield fires; and processing chemicals for semiconductor manufacture. FluoroTechnology makes important products and vital industries possible.

FluoroTechnology is used in a variety of products, including fluoropolymers, fluorotelomer-based products, fluoro-surfactants, and fluoro-surface property modification agents. FluoroTechnology provides benefits that include improved safety, durability and fuel-efficiency in applications like cars and airplanes, buildings and electronics. Certain types of advanced semiconductors, tubing, piping and fuel-delivery systems used in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, automotive and aerospace industries are made with FluoroTechnology. Some high-tech circuit boards and solar panels are also enhanced with FluoroTechnology.

Fluorinated performance products are used to make products with enhanced surface properties, such as water, oil and stain resistance. Many textiles, such as carpeting and fabrics, are treated for stain-resistance with FluoroTechnology, making it easier to clean spills and pet stains and extending the life of carpets and clothing.

What makes FluoroTechnology unique?

When fluorine atoms join together with carbon atoms, they create a powerful chemical bond; the use and manipulation of this bond is what gives FluoroTechnology its distinct properties of strength, resilience and durability and unique capabilities that differentiate it from other types of chemistry.

What is the FluoroCouncil?

FluoroCouncil, the Global Industry Council for FluoroTechnology, represents leading companies that manufacture, formulate or process FluoroTechnology products and promotes the sustainability of those products. The scope of FluoroCouncil is limited to fluoropolymer products, fluorotelomer-based products, fluoro-surfactants, and fluoro-surface property modification agents. The FluoroCouncil is not focused on products such as refrigerants, cleaning solvents, or aerosols.

The FluoroCouncil and it members are committed to being responsible stewards of FluoroTechnology. For example, all of the FluoroCouncil members were early adopters of the US EPA 2010/2015 Voluntary Stewardship Program, the goal of which is to eliminate PFOA from facilities emissions and product content by the end of 2015. The FluoroCouncil is advocating and working to turn this voluntary program into responsible global regulation. The members continue their work in research and development of the last decade to introduce new products that replace old ones and improve on their environmental and biological profile while retaining the great benefits to our society and economy of well-designed FluoroTechnology products, and are leading the way in the introduction and adoption of this technology.

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