Category Archives: chemistry

TOTM on Corap: Where does it stand now?

TOTM/TEHTM (Trioctyl trimellitate, or tris(2-ethylhexyl)trimellitate) is a non-migrating plasticizer with excellent elevated temperature properties. In every application where migration is a concern, TOTM can limit these concerns due to its permanent character. Most commonly applied areas are medical devices, cables and wires. TOTM is also beloved for automotive and in-house applications due to its outstanding […]

2014 Product Leadership Award – Why OXEA?

After Frost & Sullivan today officially announced OXEA to be the recipient of the 2014 Product Leadership Award for its non-phthalate plasticizers, we have received applauses and congratulations from our industry customers. This is a significant recognition of what OXEA has accomplished – so, how did we make it actually? According to Frost & Sullivan, “OXEA has demonstrated commitment to […]

DOA/DEHA on the CoRAP: What’s the status now?

DOA or DEHA (Dioctyl/Bis(2-ethylhexyl) adipate) is a commonly used plasticizer and also applied in lubricants, glue, scotch-tape, and sealants. Because DOA is identified as potential alternative for phthalates, its use in plastics continues to increase in the EU, and this growth will be at an even faster pace after four phthalates (BBP, DEHP, DBP, DIBP) […]

2014 Review

The year 2015 started with raw materials falling further and is making a much different entry as 2014 did. Last year was a challenging year for the plasticizer industry. Raw material prices rose sharply last year and the competitve situation did not allow for the plasitcizer producers to move prices upwards as much as the […]

Critical aspects of plasticizer production (cont’d): Quality + Safety = Priority

All parts of our plant infrastructure are carefully and regularly inspected, especially for issues that can compromise the production. The reactor and the filtration system are the important parts of the plant needing regular inspection. Speaking of incident management – if an incident might occur, there is an emergency plan in place. All our employees […]

Critical aspects of plasticizer production: a plant manager’s perspective

As the plant manager of OXEA’s Amsterdam Ester Plant, I have high safety standards, excellent product quality and availability as my top priorities. Most of our esters are sold as plasticizers. Depending on the business, industrial and technical requirements of our customers, there are various quality requirements that our plasticizers must meet. In my routine, […]

PVC & plasticizers for healthcare

Yesterday, the members of PVC Med Alliance were again grouped in Brussels to review activities for advocating PVC’s contribution to healthcare, including an ongoing PVC recycling project in hospitals in the UK. I am glad to be a part of the team and to see the continuous enthusiasm and engagement of the industry experts, coming […]

Promising future for DOTP

Only 5 years ago the European market for DOTP was estimated at a moderate 10kt. Since then a lot happened in the European plasticizer market and the volume did grow a tenfold at least.. The continious pressure on phthalates did move more and more customers to switch to (ortho)phthalate free plasticizers. At the beginning only […]

2014 More of the same?

2013 was a challenging year in the dynamic plasticizer industry. On the regulatory front there was good news for DINP. After extensive research and consultation ECHA concluded that no further restrictions are needed, basically declaring this phthalate plasticzer safe for use in all existing applications. However things are never easy and more confusion was created […]

Tarkett announced to switch to phthalate free

Tarkett, worldwide leading flooring company, announced to move towards phthalate free products globally. This is meaning a huge change in the industry. Flooring is a high volume business for plasticizers and so far dominated by the use of phthalate plasticizers. Tarkett was already using phthalate free plasticizers in North America and in Sweden. All the […]

PVC & Plasticizers: What, Where & Why