What is a VOC?

COV Tecnopol products

We produce environmentally responsible products with VOC levels well below permitted limits

The initials VOC stand for volatile organic compounds, and refer to substances which contain chemical products easily converted into vapours or gases.   

Volatile compounds can be natural (methane, isoprenoids emitted by vegetation etc.) or artificial (solvents). There are more than a thousand different compounds which may be considered VOCs, but the most common are the following: methane, ethane, propane, n-butane, n-pentane, benzene, toluene, xylene and ethylene.  

In the formulation of paints and coverings it may be necessary to include solvents containing volatile elements. The percentage of these solvents in relation to the solids contained in the formula will determine the product’s VOC. As a result a 100% solid product will have a 0 VOC, without volatile elements, and as a result will be more respectful of the environment and the health of those who come into contact with it; both manufacturers and end users.   

Water-based products have a zero or very low VOC.   

All Tecnopol products must conform to directive 2004/42/CE of the European Parliament and the Council, dated 21st April 2004, which restricts VOC emissions resulting from the use of solvents in specific paints and varnishes.  

In the labeling of all TECNOPOL coatings, primers and varnishes the VOC index of the product is listed together with the corresponding category and the permitted limit.

Our company is firmly committed to environmental issues, and as such more than 60% of our coatings and primers contain no solvents (VOC 0) while the remainder have a VOC clearly below the permitted limit (in almost all cases below half).  

We will continue to work in this manner – the only way we know how. All products still being developed will have a VOC as low as possible.