A new plasticiser for applications including textiles and coated fabrics has been developed to meet the need for phthalate-free solutions in PVC.

With a key plasticiser, dioctyl phthalate (DOP), no longer permitted under European Union REACH regulations since February, PVC compounders and processors are having to move to safer alternatives.

Perstorp’s Pevalen alternative is a polyol ester derived from food-approved raw materials, and is based on proven chemistry that is already registered under REACH. It uses renewable energy and raw materials in its manufacturing process, and produces flexible PVC formulations that are soft and durable.

Key applications include artificial leather, protective clothing and clothes, where softness and flexibility are required.