Fluoropolymers: dependable. essential. safe. get the facts.

About Fluoropolymers

Fluoropolymers play a crucial role in many products and services on which we depend in our daily lives - yet most of us don't realize it.

In recent years, concerns have been raised about PFOA, a chemical used as a processing aid in the manufacture of fluoropolymers.  The public debate on this matter has raised valid questions, which are being addressed in a number of ways.  At the same time, information on this topic in the media is often complex, and not always accurate.

On this site, you'll find a straightforward, candid discussion of fluoropolymers and PFOA.  This should address any concerns you may have, and also offer you details on the myriad benefits of fluoropolymer products.  If you have questions that are not addressed on this site, just send them to us and we'll do our best to address them.

Benefits

Protecting firefighters

Fluoropolymers are essential in the manufacture of durable fire-retardant fabrics that help shed water, resist abrasion and retain insulation, which in turn diminish the chance for burns.

Fact or Myth?

Myth: PFOA can be easily replaced with other substances to make fluoropolymers
REALITY: PFOA is an essential polymerization aid for fluoropolymers with specific properties. Industry has worked for over 30 years to find a replacement that meets environmental, toxicological and manufacturing requirements for the large majority of fluoropolymers applications. In February 2007, a major fluoropolymer supplier announced its commitment to eliminate the need to make, buy or use PFOA by 2015, citing progress made over the past year in finding a suitable alternative to PFOA, and commenting that this was a goal which just a year ago seemed unattainable.