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Hanwha Launches Eco-friendly Plasticizer to Replace Conventional Plasticizers

Published on 2017-06-29. Author : SpecialChem

Hanwha Chemical is advancing into the next-generation eco-friendly plasticizer with the production of ECO-DEHCH (Diethylhexyl-cyclohexane), a phthalate alternative premium plasticizer. At its plant located in the Ulsan Petrochemical Industry Complex, the annual production capacity is expected to be 15,000 tons.

New Eco-friendly Plasticizer ECO-DEHCH

  • Plasticizers are additives that soften and thereby improve the flexibility of plastics. 
  • The phthalate content in plasticizer is known to be toxic to humans. 
  • Therefore, its use is prohibited in wallpapers, flooring materials, toys and many other products. 
  • Dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP) plasticizers are used as an alternative, but done so at the expense of product quality.

Hanwha Chemical Ulsan Plant

The new eco-friendly plasticizer ECO-DEHCH from Hanwha, however, is not short on quality and it is safe for humans. Over the course of eight years of relentless R&D efforts and by developing its own technology, Hanwha Chemical has been able to produce a plasticizer that can combine with hydrogen and not use phthalate.


  • The ECO-DEHCH has a high absorption rate 
  • Makes processing easier and when processing plastics, less material is used than using DOTP plasticizers.
  • ECO-DEHCH also has high UV-stability and tolerance to cold, making its use perfect for outdoor products.

Certified to Use in Children’s Toys

In 2014, Hanwha Chemical’s ECO-DEHCH earned the New Excellent Technology (NET) certificate from the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS). It passed the safety test by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its use in plastic wraps, bottle caps, and other food-related products. It has also passed the toxicity test conducted at SGS, the world’s leading verification and testing company, for its use in children’s toys.

Hydrogen-added Plasticizer

As the production of eco-friendly plasticizers require advanced technology, the barrier to entry is high and its key strengths and strong value proposition assures there is no concern for oversupply. The hydrogen-added plasticizer is currently being manufactured by only two companies in the world: BASF and EVONIK.

The current market size of conventional plasticizers is about $7.1 billion worldwide, but amid increasing regulations on the use of phthalate globally, eco-friendly plasticizers are replacing the conventional plasticizers in the market. The global market size of eco-friendly plasticizers is currently $1.3 billion, growing at a rate of more than 6 percent annually. Recognizing the opportunity, Hanwha Chemical has recently reorganized its business portfolio to shift its focus to high-value-added specialty chemicals and continue making inroads into chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC), hydrogenated petroleum resin, and other lucrative areas in the industry.

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Source: Hanwha
1 Comments on "Hanwha Launches Eco-friendly Plasticizer to Replace Conventional Plasticizers"
Jorge W Jul 12, 2017
I would like to receive additional information on this plasticizers for wire and cables.

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