Wilton, Connecticut-A new silicone additive from GE - Advanced Materials, Silicones "drastically reduces solvents," says the developer. The Niax L-590 silicone also helps manufacturers of flexible polyurethane foam gain key processing benefits, and offers compliance with VOC emissions regulations, claims GE. Niax L-590 silicone helps address growing environmental concerns about indoor emissions from polyurethane foam, while it offers higher productivity to foam manufacturers," said Alberto Melle, global marketing manager for GE - Advanced Materials, in a company statement. … foam processors gain two key benefits with Niax L-590 silicone-the convenience of one versatile silicone that works in a variety of formulations and greater cost effectiveness," Melle added. The silicone additive can be used to make PU flexible foam for furniture, bedding, and automotive parts, and GE says it offers users a wide processing latitude in most conventional formulations, while sharply reducing volatiles that can impact the environment. GE says that, as with its sister product, hydrolysable silicone, Niax L-590 can stabilise a range of formulations, from hyper-soft foams to high-density foams as well as low-density foams blown with methylene chloride or liquid carbon dioxide. "