SCAQMD Grants Rare Certification For Breakthrough Green Solvent

First Certification for an Industrial Solvent in 21 years


VANCOUVER, BC (June 4th, 2014) – TBF Environmental Technology Inc., a world leader in the development of green industrial solvents, announced today that the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) of California has declared that TBF Environment Technology Inc.’s leading solvent ZemaSol© has met all of the requirements for a Clean Air Solvent (CAS) Certificate. ZemaSol contains no hazardous air pollutants or ozone depleting materials, and does not contribute to global warming.

Traditional common industrial solvents release “Volatile Organic Compounds” (VOCs), which can seriously damage an individual’s long-term health. Negative effects include tremors, impaired memory, severe hearing loss, and central nervous system damage. In the U.S. alone, more than 10 million workers are exposed to solvents on a daily basis.

“SCAQMD certification is a landmark milestone for TBF”, says David W. Rowat, CEO of TBF. “ZemaSol is the first industrial solvent approved in more than 20 years that does not violate any workplace or environmental regulations in North America. ZemaSol is designed to replace toxic solvents such as Xylene, Toluene, Tertiary Butyl Acetate (TBAc) and Parachlorobenzotrifluoride (PCBTF/Oxsol 100).”

TBF’s alternative solvents work effectively across a range of applications and are designed to be safe for people and the environment.

ZemaSol’s approval by SCAQMD also solves an ongoing problem that formulators of paints, coatings, inks and adhesives have been struggling with for many years. Using ZemaSol in a formula does not count against in the calculation of the overall VOC of the product. This allows formulators greater latitude in designing new product that meets increasingly stringent environmental regulations.

“The solvent industry has been waiting a long time for an effective Clean Air Solvent,” said Mark Riemann, VP Sales of Palmer Holland, Inc., TBF’s US distributor in the Eastern, Southern and Midwestern regions. “We expect to achieve a rapid growth among users of industrial solvents because users won’t have to sacrifice effectiveness or cost to meet environmental regulations,” he continued.

“ZemaSol opens new markets in the industrial coatings, inks, composites, and colorants sectors and in a variety manufacturing processes,” said Ryan Yokayama, VP – Director of Sales, Dorsett & Jackson, TBF’s distributor on the US West Coast. “It offers customers an alternative Clean Air Solvent to PCBTF and TBAc which is particularly important in Southern California and the West Coast markets,” he continued.

About TBF Environmental Technology Inc.

TBF Environmental Technology (TBF) manufactures innovative industrial solvents which reduce environmental impact by reducing or eliminating the emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), and greenhouse gases compared to conventional solvents. TBF solvents do not contribute to ozone creation or depletion. All TBF solvents reduce the risk to the health and safety of workers by replacing conventional toxic solvents. For more information about TBF Environmental, go to

About Palmer Holland, Inc.

Palmer Holland, headquartered in North Olmsted, Ohio, is a premier specialty chemical distributor representing many of the most recognized manufacturers from around the world. Our customers and supplier partners are rooted in the areas of CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers) and friction reducing industrial sectors. The company provides complete solutions for the most challenging technical issues facing industries today. To learn more, visit

About Dorsett & Jackson

Dorsett & Jackson distributes specialty chemicals such as amines, food additives, pigments, plasticizers, polyglycols, resins, surfactants, and thickening agents in the western US. It serves customers in the paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and plastics and rubber industries. To learn more, visit