Solvents and You

Solvent products are utilised in almost all manufacturing processes in a wide variety of applications.

Many of the products which use solvents in their formulations, or within their manufacturing processes, are vital to everyday modern living. These include pharmaceuticals (including vaccines and antibiotics) and electronics such as mobile phones, medical devices, computers and tablets.

Solvents and You


Common Uses of Solvents

Solvent products are utilised in almost all manufacturing processes in a wide variety of applications. Many of the products we use that […]

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Types of Solvent

Solvents can be classed as organic or inorganic materials. Water, the simplest and most abundant solvent on earth is classed […]

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Solvents and You

Solvents are chemical products which have the ability to dissolve, suspend or extract other substances without changing their physical properties. Solvents can […]

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Oxygenated Solvents


Oxygenated Solvents

Oxygenated solvents are solvents whose chemical structure contains carbon atoms, hydrogen atoms and oxygen atoms. The four main groups of […]

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Oxygenated Solvents – Alcohols

Alcohols are a versatile range of solvents used in large quantities in a wide range of applications. Very miscible with […]

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Oxygenated Solvents – Ketones

Ketones are a group of solvent products widely used in cosmetics and personal care, surface coatings, pharmaceutical manufacture, printing inks, […]

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Oxygenated Solvents – Esters

Esters or acetates are commonly used oxygenates which have good solvency power and characteristic odours.Ethyl acetate and N-propyl acetate for […]

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Oxygenated Solvents – Glycol Ethers

Glycol ethers consist of a large group of around 30 products, utilised extensively within the sector producing ‘water-based’ materials. Unique […]

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Hydrocarbon Solvents


Hydrocarbon Solvents

As the name suggests, hydrocarbon solvents contain only carbon and hydrogen atoms within their structure.There are hundreds of different types […]

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Hydrocarbon Solvents – Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Aromatic hydrocarbons have the most solvency power of all solvents, with a chemical structure based upon the aromatic 6-membered benzene […]

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Hydrocarbon Solvents – Aliphatic Hydrocarbons

Aliphatic hydrocarbons can be supplied as highly pure single products such as hexane or heptane (normal or iso), cyclic (eg. […]

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Hydrocarbon Solvents – Distillates and Dearomatised Grades

Petroleum distillates are produced from crude oil in the refining process by fractional distillation. Distillates can be collected from the […]

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Brochures and Publications


So, You Think You Know About Solvents?

Watch in Spanish, German, Italian or French The SIA has launched its latest information film entitled, ‘So you think you […]

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SIA Safe Handling of Gin and Ethanol Products Poster

The Solvents Industry Association has produced a safety poster to highlight the dangers of handling ethanol solutions for distillers. In […]

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SIA launches new Solvents Family Brochure

The SIA and the European Solvents Industry Group (ESIG) have launched an updated version of ‘The Solvents Family – Welcome […]

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New SIA Brochure

The Solvents Industry Association is proud to release a new promotional brochure, illustrating our activities in the industry and work carried […]

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Where Do Solvents Come From?

With the exception of fermented alcohols, non-aqueous solvents are derived from oil, gas and other fossil fuel sources. These are […]

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