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InPro partners with Georgia Gulf to make a more sustainable PVC blend


Oct. 17, 2012 – Taking cues from Europe’s more progressive environmental standards, InPro Corporation has partnered with Georgia Gulf to make its popular rigid vinyl blend more sustainable by replacing heavy-metal stabilizers with organic based stabilizers. Moving forward, every product featuring InPro’s rigid vinyl – including rigid wall cladding, handrails, crash rails, corner guards and kickplates – will feature this new, organic based blend.

Oct. 17, 2012 – Taking cues from Europe’s more progressive environmental standards, InPro Corporation has partnered with Georgia Gulf to make its popular rigid vinyl blend more sustainable by replacing heavy-metal stabilizers with organic based stabilizers. Moving forward, every product featuring InPro’s rigid vinyl – including rigid wall cladding, handrails, crash rails, corner guards and kickplates – will feature this new, organic based blend.

“Studying European standards and trends has allowed InPro to lead the charge domestically toward a more sustainable vinyl product,” said Glenn Kennedy, COO of InPro, “Our work with Georgia Gulf places us well ahead of the curve. We can offer our customers a more eco-friendly PVC blend that retains its great durability.”

American manufacturers are under no regulatory pressure when it comes to vinyl stabilizers. By actively seeking out eco-friendly renewable technology, InPro remains at the forefront of sustainability initiatives, while still offering customers the choice of traditional vinyl options.

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Kennedy added, “Our clients will never know the difference, but we will, and that’s reason enough for us to make the change.”

When base vinyl monomer is being made, manufacturers add non-renewable metals to the mix as a stabilizer. In the absence of such stabilizers, PVC would otherwise rapidly degrade under heat, light, and atmospheric oxygen, leading to discolored, brittle products. The new formula replaces metal additives with renewable organic stabilizers developed by Georgia Gulf.

Related links
www.inprocorp.com
www.ggc.com