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Successful construction under environmental regulations set to expand Asian market

SpecialChem / Dec 5, 2002

Over the past few years, the China and Southeast Asia region has experienced a major growth in the commercial construction and housing markets. With an increase in construction forecast to continue for several years, as well as the growing global movement towards the use of environmentally-friendly construction materials, Asia is a prime market for an increase in PVC products using new overbased calcium stabilizer technology for the construction industry, asserts James Reddy, global product manager, Plastics Additives of OM Group, Inc. For many years the trend in construction worldwide was to use lead-based materials, most specifically for piping. In early European and US construction, lead was used in decorative fixtures, roofs, pipes, paints, colorants, wire and cable, water lines, and windows. In more recent years, use of cadmium, tin and lead-based stabilizers in conventional PVC piping became the standard. Although cadmium and lead carboxylates provided high performance and cost-effectiveness, their environmental implications remain severe.

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