Modern per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), also known as FluoroTechnology or fluorinated chemistries, are relied upon by numerous industries to provide strength, resilience and durability to an array of products that are critical to modern life.
Take for instance today’s modern electronics, apparel, food packaging, and aerospace and automotive travel:
Electronics: FluoroTechnology improves the insulation, weatherability, transparency and water resistance for many electronic products, such as your cell phone or tablet.
Medical Garments: In hospital gowns, drapes and divider curtains, certain fluorinated polymers create a barrier that provides life-saving protection against infections and transmission of diseases in hospitals.
Outdoor Apparel: FluoroTechnology products offer beneficial performance properties to the outdoor industry, like breathable membranes and long-lasting Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finishes that provide water and oil repellency and stain and abrasion-resistant finishes for outdoor apparel and footwear, as well as tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, ropes and other equipment.
Food Packaging: PFAS substances can help protect food quality and integrity, extend shelf life, and enable hygienic transportation and storage. Fluorinated chemicals also help prevent oil and grease from seeping through food packaging materials.
Aerospace & Automotive: Without FluoroTechnology, modern travel wouldn’t be possible. Fuel components and electronics used by aerospace and automotive systems use fluorinated chemical properties such as durability, heat, chemical resistance and vapor-barrier properties.
In addition, FluoroTechnology often represents the difference between life and death for first responders, whether through its use in safety gear or firefighting foams. Fluorinated surfactants make ideal ingredients in the production of firefighting foam, providing both shorter extinguishment times and critical burnback resistance. Clothing utilizing FluoroTechnology can provide life-saving protection to first responders, whether by helping to deflect bullets or by maintaining performance of protective gear in the extreme environment of a fire.
These products and applications are evaluated by the companies that make them and are also rigorously assessed by regulators. FluoroTechnology manufacturers around the globe are continually enhancing their products to meet the needs of their customers while safeguarding the environment and public health.