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Aromatics Sector Group

The Aromatics Producers Association (APA)

Uses and properties

Aromatics are get their name from their distinctive aromatic or perfumed smell.

Almost all aromatics come from crude oil, although small quantities are made from coals.The main substances in this group are benzene, toluene and xylenes. They are used as starting materials for a wide range of consumer products: clothing, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, computers, paints, vehicle components, cooking utensils, household fabrics, sports equipment, etc.

Products made using aromatics can reduce energy consumption and so have a positive impact on the environment.

Issues and regulations

REACH Implementation
The LOA (Lower Olefins Aromatics) Consortium was formed, through which manufacturers have joined efforts to prepare by 30 November 2010 consistent registration dossiers covering 130 to 140 substances within 20 categories.


  • Follow-up of the Convention on the Collection, Deposit and Reception of Waste produced during Navigation on the Rhine and Inland Waterways (CDNI) legislation on degassing of barges 
  • Assess the impact of the fuel legislation on aromatics producers
  • Follow-up of the Common Waste Gas Treatment in the Chemical Sector (WGC) Best Available Techniques (BAT) reference documents (BREF): no quantitative BAT-associated emission levels (AEL) were determined for aromatics plants, but it could be included later in the WGC BREF


Specific Issues
  • Manage research projects within the science programme. This includes the follow-up of proposed new substances into environmental regulations like Water Framework Directive (toluene)
  • Co-ordinate with Concawe the analysis and evaluation of epidemiological studies concerning benzene and its carcinogenic effects.

Contact/Further information

Philip de Smedt, Sector Group Manager
Tel. + 32 2 676 7272
Aromaticsonline Website


Arsol Aromatics
Borealis Polymers
BP Aromatics & Acetyls Chemicals
BP Refining and Petrochemicals
Dow Europe
ExxonMobil Chemical
GALP ARL Energia
Versalis SPA
Repsol Quimica
Sabic Europe
Shell Chemicals
Total Petrochemicals

Chairman: Bertrand Gyselynck, Total

Vice-Chair: Johan Doberer, Borealis


More information

Aromatics: Improving the Quality of Your Life available in 6 versions EN | DE | ES | FR | IT | NL