Propylene Glycol Prices
Current Prices and Historical Series in Several Countries
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About Propylene Glycol. Propylene Glycol (a.k.a. Propane-1,2-diol) is a clear, colorless, non-corrosive but strongly hygroscopic difunctional alcohol, in such a way that it must be protected from exposures to the atmosphere. Unique among the glycols, propylene glycol has low toxicity to humans. It was first manufactured in 1859 by the hydrolysis of propylene glycol diacetate, but it wasn’t until 1931 that it was first commercialized and used as a substitute for glycerol in pharmaceuticals. It is commonly used in unsaturated polyester resins, but also in foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and other applications.
Chemical Formula. C3H8O2
Commercial Grades. high-purity industrial grade (99.5 wt% minimum purity) and higher-purity United States Pharmacopeia (USP - also 99.5 wt% minimum purity, but higher quality standards in terms of specific impurities, such as chloride and iron) grade.
Uses. Propylene glycol is mainly used in/as hydraulic fluids; chemical precursor; rubber lubricants; and antifoam agents. Particularly, the USP grade is used as solvent in pharmaceuticals, as well as in cosmetics and food additives.
- Propylene oxide + water (direct hydrolysis, coproduced with dipropylene glycol and tripropylene glycol)
- Glycerol + (hydrogenolysis)
- Propylene carbonate + carbon dioxide + methanol (transesterification, coproduced with dimethyl carbonate)
To know more about Propylene Glycol production processes, click here.
Derivatives. unsaturated polyester resins (coating grades, general grades, isophthalate grades) and polyurethanes.
Methodology. The pricing data presented are, if not otherwise indicated, volume-weighted average transaction prices including contract and spot transactions in the locations specified. The information provided is obtained from gathering and refining of trade data officially reported for the respective countries (i.e., governmental agencies, institutions related to foreign trade and industry publications). For further details check our Methodology.
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