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Vertellus Showcases Non-Toxic Plastics Additives at NPE 2015 as Safe, Sustainable Solutions to Meet Industry Needs

ORLANDO, FLA. — March 25, 2015 — Growing interest among consumers and legislators in
the safety and environmental impact of traditional plasticizers is prompting the plastics industry
to seek new solutions. Vertellus, a leading global supplier of additives to the plastics and
polymer industries, is addressing this issue with its bio-based, non-toxic Citroflex® plasticizers
and Topanol® antioxidants that have a long history of safe use. Both high-performance additive
product lines, on display here at NPE 2015 in booth #S29145, also deliver low volatility and low
leaching, making them suitable for a wide range of polymers used in food packaging, medical
applications and children’s toys.

“Increasing regulation and greater consumer awareness clearly point to the need for safer and
more sustainable solutions,” said Mike Szabo, business director, Plastics at Vertellus. “Our biobased
Citroflex plasticizers are derived from citric acid, which has been used safely in food for
many years, and our Topanol antioxidants have earned broad approval in food contact
applications. By replacing traditional compounds with these technologies, the plastics industry
can reassure consumers and get ahead of the curve on upcoming regulatory restrictions.”
Due in part to the ongoing industry debate over the safety and environmental impact of
traditional compounds, some retailers and manufacturers of infant and children’s items have
voluntarily stopped carrying or using products made with these additives in response to
pressure from consumers.

Non-Toxic Alternatives

Vertellus’ Citroflex plasticizers for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and other polymers are citric acid
esters, which have a long history as plasticizers and lubricants in food contact applications,
such as rigid food containers and packaging films. These bio-based, non-toxic additives have
also demonstrated safety in children’s toys and medical applications. As an added benefit,
Citroflex products deliver superior tensile strength and ultimate elongation performance
compared to di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and di-(2-ethylhexyl) adipate (DEHA).

The company’s Topanol CA and CA-SF additives can replace traditional materials as an antioxidant in a wide range of polymer systems. They provide excellent protection against thermal and oxidative degradation at low loadings and are compatible with many secondary additives. Topanol CA-SF additives have received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for food contact and are included in the list of additives that may be used for the manufacture of plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food under European Union (EU) Regulation 10/2011.1 Also of interest to many consumers, Topanol antioxidants are entirely synthetic in nature. No genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are used during the entire production process.

Vertellus representatives will be available at the booth to discuss their suite of bio-based plasticizers and answer questions about how these alternatives can benefit customers and alleviate consumer concerns.

About Vertellus

Vertellus is a specialty chemicals company focused on the manufacture of ingredients used in pharmaceuticals, personal care, nutrition, agriculture, industrial and a host of other market areas affected by trends favoring sustainable technologies and chemistries. Vertellus is the largest, global producer of pyridine and picolines, specialty pyridine derivatives, DEET, castor oil derivatives and systems and a world leader in vitamin B3 and citrate polymer additives and systems. Vertellus benefits from a technically advanced global manufacturing base and has approximately 1000 employees. Vertellus is headquartered in the United States in Indianapolis, Ind. More information on Vertellus can be found at

Vertellus®, Citroflex® and Topanol® are registered trademarks of Vertellus


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