Find out about Petrochemicals Europe sector groups that represent a specific product or family of products and ensure that their specific issues are addressed.




Oxygenated Solvents Producers Association Hydrocarbon Solvents Producers Association European Solvents Industry Group

ESIG: European Solvents Industry Group, a joint activity of OSPA and HSPAOSPA: Oxygenated Solvents Producers Association
HSPA: Hydrocarbon Solvents Producers Association
ESVOC: European Solvents Downstream Users Coordination, an industry forum for solvent producers and downstream users.

Uses and properties

Solvents are liquids which have the ability to dissolve, suspend or extract other materials. They make it possible to process, apply, clean or separate materials. They are petroleum derivatives and enable the processing, application, cleaning or separation of materials.

Major applications segments comprise paints and coatings, pharmaceuticals, adhesives, printing inks, toiletries and cosmetics, detergents and water treatment, household and car care, rubber and polymer manufacturing, metal and industrial cleaning, agrochemicals and oil seed / food extraction and dry cleaning.

The solvents´ industry substantially contributes to the economic and social welfare in Europe: it directly employs more than 10,000 people in Europe, but indirectly accounts even for more than 10 million jobs, with more than half a million European companies using solvents in the very diversified application segments mentioned above. More than 80% of these companies are small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). Solvents´ manufacturers across Europe have an estimated combined turnover of about €5 billion. Companies using solvents have an estimated combined turnover of more than €200 bn.

Issues and regulations

REACH Implementation
The following consortia have emerged from OSPA and HSPA and manufacturers have joined efforts to prepare consistent registration dossiers covering:
  • Gothenburg Protocol
  • National Emission Ceilings Directive (NECD)
  • Industrial Emissions Directive (IED, formerly known as IPPC Directive)
  • (Deco) Paints´ Directive
  • Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
  • Classification, Labelling & Packaging (CLP)
Specific Issues
  • For ESIG: To act as European focal point for all solvent-related issues and to manage these through a focused communication, advocacy and product stewardship programme
  • For OSPA and HSPA: To foster the perception of the products represented by both OSPA and HSPA as valuable, eco-efficient, safe solutions which serve the needs of industry and solvents users including manufacturers and consumers of goods
  • For ESVOC: This industry platform brings together solvent producers (ESIG) and about 30 downstream user associations in order to facilitate legal compliance and to share best practices, especially in the area of health, safety and environment.

Contact/Further information

Cornelia Tietz, Sector Group Manager
Tel: +32 2 676 73 74
ESIG website
Glycol Ethers website


CEPSA Quimica
DHC Solvents Chemie
Dow Europe
ExxonMobil Chemical Europe
Galp Energia
Haltermann Carless
Hellenic Petroleum
Ineos Oxide
Ineos Phenol
Ineos Solvents
Neste Oil
Oxea Chemicals
Sasol Solvents
Shell Chemicals
Total Fluides
Eni Versalis

OSPA Chairman: Joachim Tremmel, BASF
HSPA Chairman: Miriam Leon Paumen, ExxonMobil
ESIG Chairman: Rob Oades, Shell Chemicals

More information

  • ESIG "Solutions" newsletter, published twice a year
  • ESIG publications (Best practices guidelines, Fact sheets, Position Papers, posters etc.)
  • ESIG videos