Saint-Gobain Launches Phthalate-Free Tubing Solution for Food and Beverage Processors

Saint-Gobain Launches Phthalate-Free Tubing Solution for Food and Beverage Processors

New Tygon S3™ Tubing Line Helps Manufacturers Advance Food Safety and Sustainability without Sacrificing Performance

Akron, OHIO – October 29, 2012 – Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL) announces Tygon S3™, a Safe, Smart and Sustainable product transfer solution that is the first bio-based and phthalate-free tubing. Building upon the company’s high-performance portfolio of product transfer technologies, Tygon S3™ represents the next generation of flexible tubing from Saint-Gobain and enables food and beverage manufacturers to advance food safety and sustainability measures without sacrificing performance.

Phthalates are commonly used in the plastics industry as a plasticizer to increase tubing’s flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity. However, with increasingly stringent legislation around the world, processors anticipate transitioning to equipment that eliminates phthalates altogether.

Tygon S3 tubing complies with FDA, NSF and 3-A requirements for food & beverage applications as well as with Japan Food Sanitation Law # 370/1959. Additionally, Tygon S3 complies with European regulations (10/2011/EU) for many food and beverage applications when used as instructed. Complete compliance information and use instructions can be found at www.processsystems.saint-gobain.com/tygons3-flexible-tubing.aspx.

As an alternative to phthalates, Tygon S3™ tubing uses a bio-based material as a plasticizer, which provides exceptional durability and longevity compared to other solutions on the market. Food and beverage processors can also leverage the sustainability benefits of this material to reduce the carbon footprint of their supply chains.

To help CPGs and other manufacturers enhance their food safety and sustainability measures, the bio-based solution will become available in Q1 of 2013.

“In today’s fast-paced media landscape, consumers are more engaged than ever before with the food processing industry,” said Iuliana Nita, Global Marketing Manager, Food & Beverage, Process Systems division at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. “We’re very proud to offer the first bio-based, non-phthalate tubing solution to help manufacturers proactively advance both the food safety and sustainability components of their operations without having to compromise productivity – or their bottom line.”