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Chlorinated Solvent Sales Decline

10:33 AM MDT | June 23, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Chlorinated solvent sales in the European Union declined in 2007, the European Chlorinated Solvent Association (ECSA; Brussels) says. Trichloroethylene (TRI) sales declined, although a figure cannot be reported because only two producers remain, ECSA says. The companies that still make TRI have agreed to stop supplying the product, a proven carcinogen, to metal degreasers not equipped with closed systems after 2010, ECSA says. The relocation of pharmaceutical plants from Europe to Asia resulted in a 3% decrease in dichloromethane sales, to 130,000...

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