Ashland, Inc. launches new line of high-performance Drewplus™ foam control agents for architectural paints

Pigment & Resin Technology

ISSN: 0369-9420

Article publication date: 5 July 2011



(2011), "Ashland, Inc. launches new line of high-performance Drewplus™ foam control agents for architectural paints", Pigment & Resin Technology, Vol. 40 No. 4.



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Ashland, Inc. launches new line of high-performance Drewplus™ foam control agents for architectural paints

Article Type: New products From: Pigment & Resin Technology, Volume 40, Issue 4

To better serve the needs of waterborne paint formulators around the world, Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), has developed four new Drewplus™ foam control agents based on quality mineral oils and high levels of hydrophobic components.

The new Drewplus foam control formulations are versatile and flexible in use and specifically designed to ensure a long-lasting foam control in waterborne architectural paint systems. Highlights of each of the new Drewplus formulations are listed below:

  • Drewplus L-1,500 foam control agent provides exceptional foam control during manufacturing and upon application of the paint system.

  • Drewplus L-1513 foam control agent allows dosage in both grind and letdown stages in a wide variety of paint systems.

  • Drewplus L-1600 foam control agent is hydrophobic, making it suitable for foam control in more difficult-to-defoam paint systems, particularly in those with very low VOC levels.

  • Drewplus L-1311 foam control agent is an all-purpose, user-friendly foam control agent based on Ashland’s proprietary emulsion technology.

“For decades, the Drewplus name has been synonymous with high-efficiency, high-performance foam control in a variety of coatings applications,” said Hilbert Esselbrugge, global new product leader, Coatings Additives, Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients. “With the flexibility of our new Drewplus foam control products, we’ve given formulators a unique set of options for controlling microfoam and macrofoam without adversely affecting film appearance in a variety of latex systems.”

Drewplus L-1500 and L-1600 are 100-percent active, zero-VOC* foam control agents designed for various pigment concentration paints and well suited for dosing in the grind stage. These leading technologies reside within an ever-expanding portfolio of additives from Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients used to improve performance of decorative paints, plasters and industrial coatings, as well as water-based adhesives, graphic arts systems, polymers and polymer dispersions. Drewplus L-1311 foam control is designed specifically for use in waterborne emulsion paints and plasters. Drewplus L-1311 foam control agent is formulated to control foam at any point during manufacturing, packaging or application of the paint, is readily dispersible and has an excellent long-term foam control persistency. All Drewplus foam control agents are formulated without the use of alkylphenolethoxylates (APEO) and are available in a variety of cost-effective formulations. In addition to being based on mineral oils and renewably-sourced components, the new products also include high-performance polysiloxane-based compounds and emulsions that use proprietary quick bubble-break and dissolution chemistries.

To learn more about how Drewplus foam control agents can improve coatings performance, contact Hilbert Esselbrugge at +31-10-497-5817 or by e-mail at:

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