Houghton International Provides Guidance to Customers and Distributors Impacted by Southern California’s New VOC Regulations

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Houghton has been studying this regulation’s development since its inception in 2009 and has intimate knowledge of the test method used to determine VOCs in metalworking fluids.

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This extra effort illustrates Houghton’s commitment to partner with the metalworking industry and our dedication to providing uncompromising, environmentally compatible solutions.

Volatile organic compound (VOC) restrictions being put in place by California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) are sending the metalworking industry scrambling to get compliant by the January 1, 2012 implementation date. Houghton International Inc. understands this challenge and is partnering with industry businesses and providing guidance to help metalworkers and fabricators minimize downtime by reviewing their existing practices.

Houghton has been studying this regulation’s development since its inception in 2009 and has intimate knowledge of the test method used to determine VOCs in metalworking fluids. Houghton has tested its metalworking products that are sold or distributed within the SCAQMD to determine VOC content. As of January 1, each container of Houghton product covered by this rule will bear a new label indicating whether that product is acceptable for use within the SCAQMD. The company has also established the minimum dilution required for products to achieve compliance with SCAQMD regulations.

For customers who are unable to use their current metalworking fluids, Houghton offers a variety of low-VOC aqueous and water-soluble metalworking fluids that are “super-compliant” for use in the SCAQMD.

“Our technical representatives are well-apprised of the new SCAQMD regulations, and they are ready to help guide our customers to find replacement products,” said Jim McMahon, national sales manager, Houghton. “This extra effort illustrates Houghton’s commitment to partner with the metalworking industry and our dedication to providing uncompromising, environmentally compatible solutions.”

For more information about the new SCAQMD Rule, visit http://www.aqmd.gov/rules/reg/reg11/r1144.pdf.

About Houghton International Inc.
Since 1865, Houghton International Inc. has been serving the metalworking, automotive, and steel industries, along with a variety of other markets including the offshore oil exploration and production industry, with the development and production of specialty chemicals, oils and lubricants. Headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., Houghton maintains manufacturing and research facilities throughout the world. Houghton International continues its focus to expand its customer service operations and grow its worldwide facilities. Please visit http://www.houghtonintl.com or contact us at 610-666-4000.

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Debra Yemenijian
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