2015 ITW CSR Report

Working Together

Eliminating NMP and driving improved performance

Reducing or eliminating the use of potentially hazardous substances is an ongoing priority for ITW.

Working with various suppliers, Kris Van Gasse, division R&D manager at ITW Additives International, and his team began testing alternatives to N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) that provided equal or better performance in removing dirt and deposits from fuel injection systems.

Field testing with channel customers resulted in positive feedback and performance. Working together, the team also invited students enrolled in an auto mechanic education program at a local technical school to evaluate different formulas. “The students’ project was to test two different formulas to confirm which one performed better, which ultimately confirmed what we discovered in our own testing,” Van Gasse said.

While the product name has remained the same, Wynn’s recently rolled out the new formula, which includes new packaging and communication around the product. “In addition to eliminating a potentially harmful substance, the new formula also delivers even better performance for our customers,” said Koen Meurisse, supply chain manager at Wynn’s.