State regulators grant VOC exemption to AMP, confirming classification set by EPA and providing regional formulators with increased flexibility and environmental benefits.

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. — May 28, 2015 — ANGUS Chemical Company (ANGUS) today announced that AMP®, a multifunctional specialty chemical that's widely used in latex paint formulations, is no longer classified as a volatile organic compound (VOC) by the Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board.

In June 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added AMP to its list of VOC-exempt compounds. But due to varying state-specific regulations, Tennessee regulators required that the molecule undergo further petitioning before issuing a VOC exemption.

“As state-level VOC regulations continue to proliferate, AMP becomes an even more powerful tool for formulators developing high-performing, zero-VOC paints and coatings,” said Mark Henning, president and chief executive officer of ANGUS Chemical Company. “AMP’s Tennessee VOC-exemption marks a huge win not only for our customers in the region, who now have much greater flexibility in formulation, but also for consumers, who can capitalize upon the desirable features AMP brings to paints when opting for zero-VOC products.”

AMP (2-Amino-2-methyl-1-propanol) offers comprehensive benefits including scrub resistance, optimal pigment dispersion, low odor, effective pH control and a positive safety and handling profile. The compound, which is already being used as a key ingredient in the majority of water-based paints, now allows paint companies to avoid reformulating with less-favorable neutralizers such as caustic soda or ammonia.

VOCs are compounds that react with other chemicals and nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere to form ground-level ozone and ultimately, harmful smog. ANGUS submitted a VOC-exemption petition to the EPA in October 2012 after tests performed at an independent lab confirmed that AMP meets or exceeds the agency's no-VOC benchmarks. The compound has low global warming potential, low ozone-depleting potential, a favorable toxicology profile and is not considered a hazardous air pollutant (HAP) or toxic under other federal rules.

“Environmental impact has become a significant decision factor for consumers in the paint and coatings market,” said J. Bryan Kitchen, vice president of business operations for ANGUS. “It’s no longer enough for a product to perform at a high level; it must provide sustainability benefits as well. AMP’s VOC-exemption satisfies the demand of our increasingly eco-minded customers without sacrificing functionality.”

AMP, a flagship molecule for ANGUS, is used in multiple industries, including paint and coatings, metalworking fluids and personal care. AMP has been the industry standard in architectural coatings for decades, as it yields many process enhancements and product performance benefits that cannot be achieved with other commercial alternatives. For more information, visit

About ANGUS Chemical Company

ANGUS Chemical Company (“ANGUS”) is a specialty amine company dedicated to the development of novel chemistry that helps customers deliver enhanced product and process performance. ANGUS is committed to constantly improving products and services by mastering science and technology. The company innovates through its unique nitroalkane chemistry, which harbors the reactivity to create complex molecules for use in a wide variety of applications. The innate characteristics of this chemistry enable multifunctional additives which improve performance, reduce reaction steps and cut synthesis costs.