Public opinion (critics), in general, and partners, in particular, expect
action, especially from the chemical industry.
This is why the industry must step up to the plate.
How does Protection Hydrofuge put into practice its principle “Do
everything possible to save and preserve the environment”?
At least three stages must be considered:
- product development
- product manufacturing
- product use
In new product development, it is essential to ensure that the raw materials
will not pollute the environment.
To manufacture Graftex®, which is ISO 9001 TUV-certified, Protection
Hydrofuge has turned to an established partner with a solid reputation
in the manufacture of paints, varnishes and lacquers: the Dörken
corporation of Germany, which has existed since 1892.
Dörken does not use heavy metals, chlorinated hydrocarbons, or substances
suspected of being carcinogenic or mutagenic. Also, most of its raw material
deliveries are in tanker trucks or silos, so there is almost no packaging
to dispose of. All the plastic waste from handling is recycled in special
The company profile is that of a
family business where partners and associates have room to grow.
The threshold limit values prescribed by the emission and immission standards
are met in production, thanks to facilities that often allow us to remain
well below these values (ventilation systems, containment tanks in the
paint production plants and warehouses, etc.).
The concern for environmental protection at Dörken has translated
into a multimillion-dollar investment in its facilities, to safeguard
its production site in the small town of Herdecke and thus contribute
to maintaining a healthy environment in Germany’s Ruhr Valley. In
fact, Dörken is even ahead of an eventual tightening of the environmental
Dörken’s restructuring of its product line in its building
paints divisions in favour of less polluting products has led to a significant
reduction in the problematic use of solvents. Hence, the solvent content
of Graftex® is less than 3%.
It is time to move from words to action if we are going to save the environment.
This is precisely what Protection Hydrofuge is doing by introducing on
the market a certified water-based product that protects against water,
gases and graffiti.
Graftex® water repellent treatment is a renewable and sustainable
According to accelerated aging test results, the GRAFTEX® system
will provide water repellent capability to the substrate on which it is
applied for 10 years, although with a slight loss of efficiency over time
(by water repellent capability we mean the absence of water penetration
in a substrate free of micro-cracks and fissures).
Graftex® water repellent is also formulated to facilitate the removal
of stains, posters and graffiti using a simple, environmentally-friendly
and non-aggressive cleaning method for building surfaces:
hot water pressure washing, at 60 and 90 bar depending on the substrate.
We believe that health, safety and a healthy environment can go hand
in hand with the development, manufacturing and use of a highly efficient
and renewable product, even in the chemical industry.
It is by adhering to these principles
that Graftex® bridges economy and ecology.