September 30th, 2012
AKRON, OHIO – September 30, 2012 – Recent regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aim to encourage the use of ethanol-enriched fuel blends in the United States. European manufacturers of small-engine equipment that export to the U.S. will be expected to comply without sacrificing performance in applications involving high ethanol blend fuels. To help them navigate this regulatory landscape, the Fluid Systems division of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL) provides product transfer solutions that enable Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) to ensure compliance and high-quality products.
In the U.S., the EPA has granted a waiver allowing the E15 fuel blend (15% ethanol, 85% gasoline) to be sold at local gas stations. E15 fuel, although environmentally-friendly, can degrade fuel lines because of the higher ethanol content, resulting in higher permeation rates and an increased risk of fuel leaks. This creates a challenge for OEMs using standard tubing solutions that may not be able to handle such a caustic fuel blend.
Saint-Gobain’s portfolio of solutions for fuel applications include a range of low-permeation Tygon® tubing that ensures optimum performance when used with ethanol and nitrogen-enriched fuel blends. The Tygon® tubing features a multi-layer design with an inner layer that is 100% compatible with ethanol. The line of solutions also meets EPA regulations in addition to conforming to recent standards issued by California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Tygon® tubing for ethanol-enriched fuel applications also maintains the integrity of small engine operations, preventing the downtime and costs associated with multiple repairs and enhancing operational safety.
“With ethanol-enriched fuel continuing to be a hot topic around the world, the regulatory landscape could be subject to change, requiring more flexible solutions,” said Lily Lei, Global Marketing Manager, Chemicals, Fluid Systems Division at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. “Additionally, the manufacture and inventory management of multiple product varieties is more costly to OEMs. Both factors make a good case for European companies to adopt technologies that ensure compliance with the most stringent regulations now and future-proof their stock for later, when change in their own backyard could be right around the corner.”
To learn more about Saint-Gobain’s tubing solutions for fuel applications please contact:
Lily Lei, Global Marketing Manager, Chemicals, Fluid Systems Division
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics
+1 (908) 252-1648
About Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL) is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain Corporation, one of the top 100 industrial companies in the world and a leading producer of construction products, flat glass, high-performance materials and packaging. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics produces critical connection solutions for the aerospace, chemical and food & beverage industries.