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Performance Intermediates
December 16, 2019

Evonik committed to general-purpose plasticizer DINP

Evonik is committed to offering customers the general-purpose plasticizer DINP (diisononyl phthalate) on a global basis. The safe and long-lasting use of plasticizers is always Evonik's top priority.

  • Evonik promotes the safe use of the general-purpose plasticizer DINP (diisononyl phthalate)
  • Company joins others in voluntarily request for risk evaluation with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Further product development and application training in close cooperation with customers

Evonik is committed to offering customers the general-purpose plasticizer DINP (diisononyl phthalate) on a global basis. The safe and long-lasting use of plasticizers is always Evonik's top priority.

Recently, Evonik joined with other manufacturers in the High Phthalates Panel (HPP), a sector group of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), in a voluntary manufacturer request to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct a broad-based risk evaluation of the uses of DINP.

The EPA granted the request in early December 2019, a decision welcomed by Evonik. The EPA’s risk evaluation will be performed using the best available science and weight of scientific evidence. The process will be documented and open for public review and comment.

Evonik is active around the world to promote scientifically-founded evaluations of its products, and the company’s recent request with the U.S. EPA is yet another example. The company has consistently pursued lifecycle management for the softener DINP, which is used in a large number of soft PVC applications.

In addition, Evonik has been selectively expanding its existing portfolio with new plasticizer types, in close cooperation with customers.

"As an innovative player in the plasticizer industry, our goal is to offer a broad portfolio of plasticizers. In order to achieve this, we focus on the long-term trends in the plasticized PVC industry as well as the requirements of our customers. This includes, for example, high delivery reliability and safe usability of our products," explains Roland Pietz, Market Segment Manager Oxo Alcohols and Plasticizers at Performance Intermediates.

In addition to DINP, marketed under the VESTINOL®9 brand, Evonik's plasticizer portfolio already includes the innovative products ELATUR®CH and ELATUR®DPT.

Company information

Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The focus on more specialty businesses, customer-oriented innovative prowess and a trustful and performance-oriented corporate culture form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. They are the lever for profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company. Evonik benefits specifically from its customer proximity and leading market positions. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2018, the enterprise with more than 32,000 employees generated sales of €13.3 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of €2.15 billion from continuing operations.

ABOUT PERFORMANCE MATERIALS

The Performance Materials Segment is managed by Evonik Performance Materials GmbH. The segment focuses its global activities on developing and manufacturing intermediates, solutions and additives, especially for use in agriculture and in the rubber and plastics industry. In 2018, the segment’s roughly 1,700 employees generated sales about €2.39 billion from continuing operations.

Disclaimer

In so far as forecasts or expectations are expressed in this press release or where our statements concern the future, these forecasts, expectations or statements may involve known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results or developments may vary, depending on changes in the operating environment. Neither Evonik Industries AG nor its group companies assume an obligation to update the forecasts, expectations or statements contained in this release.