Sherwin-Williams’ CARFLEX™ HS Epoxy Meets FDA 175.300 for Direct Contact Dry Bulk Storage

BPA (Bisphenol A) free coating protects assets, food products and the environment

CLEVELAND (June 8, 2011)–Ensuring food products remain uncontaminated during their journey from field to tables worldwide is more important, and more regulated, than ever. Solving a common food safety problem faced by agricultural producers, Sherwin-Williams today announced CARFLEX™ HS Epoxy, an innovative coating technology that combines toughness and flexibility to prevent contamination when transporting and storing dry bulk food products. The new product meets FDA 175.300 for direct contact dry bulk storage.

CARFLEX HS is a polyamide-cured modified epoxy formulated for lining rail hopper cars, storage tanks, marine vessels and grain elevators. It offers excellent corrosion protection and flexibility, and is impact and abrasion resistant. Its high build and flexibility also make the product suitable for bolted and/or riveted tanks and concrete. A unique copolymer designed to provide impact resistance and crack protection at flexing weld seams is the key to CARFLEX HS’s resilient performance.

In addition to solving its customers’ needs for a food-safe, durable coating, Sherwin-Williams also developed this new product to have less environmental impact and be safer than other coatings used for dry bulk storage. CARFLEX HS is 100 percent solids and contains zero solvents and its volatile organic compound (VOC) content is less than 100 grams per liter (16 g/L; 0.13 lb/gal, mixed). CARFLEX HS also is free of bisphenol A (BPA), making it a safer option for agricultural producers that choose not to use products or linings that contain BPA.

"CARFLEX HS’s extreme flexibility and durability make it a breakthrough product in the dry food storage and transportation segment ,” said Narsi Bodapati, Vice President of Marketing for Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings. “This product demonstrates our commitment to developing high-performance coatings that protect assets, people and the environment."

Designed as a one-coat or two-coat system, CARFLEX HS dries and cures quickly to reduce the time assets are out of service. Its tough glossy surface is easy to clean, minimizing maintenance requirements.

Sherwin-Williams is a global protective and marine coatings company that delivers smarter asset protection and unmatched service and specification support to its customers from 3,900 locations worldwide. From alkyds to zincs, the company offers a complete line of time-tested, high performance coatings and systems to combat corrosion, supported by the largest group of NACE-certified coatings inspectors in the industry. With more than 140 years in business and a culture of product innovation, Sherwin-Williams today is the single source of supply for coatings solutions made to your specifications and delivered on time, every time.

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