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Hexion Launches Innovative Polyol Technology for Polyurethane and Polyisocyanurate Foams

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Novel building block materials recently introduced by Hexion Inc.
("Hexion" or the "Company") offer polyurethane rigid foam producers an
array of benefits from improved fire performance to increased
productivity when compared to traditional technologies. These polyols,
when reacted with isocyanates, produce polyurethane foam insulation for
building insulation, refrigerators and freezers and industrial thermal
insulation applications.

Launched under the Resonance™ brand name, Hexion's unique line of
polyols combines the best properties of traditional, polyester and
polyether polyols and can be used in "drop-in" replacements for these
materials in commercial grade polyurethane foam panels.

Features of Resonance P-series & T-series polyols include high
aromaticity with a range of functionalities delivering a variety of
benefits, including:

  • improved fire performance;
  • increased flexibility to adjust catalysts and fire retardant
    additives, potentially simplifying formulations and reducing overall
    system cost;
  • higher compression strength;
  • improved dimensional stability, leading to greater manufacturing
    efficiencies; and
  • enhanced compatibility with isocyanates, co-polyols and additives
    leading to finer cell structures.

Resonance T-series polyols offer varying levels of nitrogen content that
lead to high reactivity, making them a good fit for applications, such
as spray and appliances foams, where rapid cure is critical. They are
also non-volatile and can reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds.

"We're excited to offer these innovative raw materials to the
polyurethane industry," says JP Aucoin, Senior Vice President and
General Manager, Global Phenolic Specialty Resins, Hexion. "Recent
accidents around the globe have put the fire, smoke and toxicity
properties of insulation under a microscope, and manufacturers are
looking to improve product safety as well as mechanical performance and
manufacturing efficiency. Our novel Resonance P-Series and T-Series
polyol portfolio provides an attractive, new alternative to current
technologies."

About the Company

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Hexion Inc. is a global leader in thermoset
resins. Hexion Inc. serves the global wood and industrial markets
through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products and
technical support for customers in a diverse range of applications and
industries. Hexion Inc. is controlled by investment funds affiliated
with Apollo Global Management, LLC. Additional information about Hexion
Inc. and its products is available at www.hexion.com.

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