AGC Chemicals Introduces AFLAS 100 Series Fluoroelastomers Downhole Oil Use

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AFLAS 100 Series Fluoroelastomers are Preferred Products for Electrical Submersible Pump Bladders Used in Oilfields and Subsea Wells. Products being featured at OTC 2013 Show.

“These characteristics help oil producers extend the downhole life of ESPs, which reduces maintenance and downtime,”

AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc., today formally introduced its AFLAS® 100 Series fluoroelastomers for electrical submersible pump (ESP) bladders and polymeric products used in extreme downhole environments. Compounds based on AFLAS 100 series products can withstand the temperature, pressure and corrosive elements inherent to oil and gas recovery.

Classified by ASTM D 1418-01 as FEPM, AFLAS fluoroelastomers are copolymers of tetrafluoroethylene and propylene. This combination gives AFLAS fluoroelastomers unique properties over conventional FKM-type fluoroelastomers. AFLAS products impart outstanding flexibility, toughness, and resistance to chemicals, heat and steam. The mechanical properties of AFLAS do not deteriorate even when used for prolonged exposure to 200°C (392°F).

“These characteristics help oil producers extend the downhole life of ESPs, which reduces maintenance and downtime,” said Drew D’Agosta, AGC Sales & Marketing Manager for AFLAS. “These products have a proven history of exceling in amine- and base-rich environments commonly found in oil and gas exploration, completion and production.”

AFLAS products impart similar benefits when formulated into other oilfield items such as packings, O-rings, seals, gaskets, sensor parts, and wire and cable coatings.

AFLAS 100 series fluoroelastomers will be featured at AGC’s booth #1103 at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) taking place May 6 to 9 in Houston.

About AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc.
AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Asahi Glass family, a $15 billion multinational corporation and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass, electronic displays and chemical products. The company was formed in 2004 through the merging of sister companies Asahi Glass Fluoropolymers USA and AGA Chemicals. Headquartered in Exton, Pa., AGC Chemicals Americas maintains manufacturing operations in nearby Thorndale, Pa., and warehouses located throughout North America.

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