Advances in Adjuvant Technology

Croda’s Crop Care division launches differentiated Tween 20 Polysorbates

Croda has launched a new series of polysorbates for the agricultural market that have the same ecological and toxicological benefits as the company’s widely-used Tween™ 20, but with differentiated performance and physical properties. These products will now allow formulators to have expanded adjuvant options without facing additional regulatory hurdles.Polysorbates have consistently provided advantages in agricultural applications for over 40 years, with Tween 20 establishing itself as an effective agricultural spray adjuvant for built-in and tank-added applications. It was selected by formulators both for its preferred toxicological properties as well as its performance as a nonionic surfactant adjuvant. Tween 20 effectively delivers multiple adjuvant functionalities such as retention, enhanced uptake, humectancy, wetting and spreading properties making it a top choice in herbicides, fungicides and insecticides.

Croda states that their 3 new polysorbates, Tween 22, Tween 23 and Tween 24, have the same regulatory status benefits as Tween 20, while offering additional features such as enhanced surface activity for better wetting, lower EST and lower contact angle than Tween 20. The company has confirmed both improved performance with some hydrophilic herbicides and increased uptake with a Neonicotinoid insecticide based on recently-generated biological data.

More information, including samples of these new products, can be requested through the company’s website.

About Croda Crop Care
Croda is a world leader in natural based speciality chemicals which are sold to virtually every type of industry. The company has approximately 3500 employees, working in 34 countries. Croda’s Crop Care business supplies formulation aids and adjuvants under respected brand names such as Atlox™ and Atplus™. Their product ranges are engineered to bring value-added benefits to herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and other crop care products. Applications include emulsifiable concentrates, microemulsions & O/W emulsions, seed treaters, soluble liquids, suspension concentrates, suspo emulsions, water dispersible granulates, and wettable powders.