The European Basic Acrylic Monomers Group (EBAM)
Uses and properties
Acrylic acid is an industrial intermediate product, which is produced through selective gas phase oxidation of propylene. The different Acrylic acid qualities from Standard or Ester grade to high purity grade can be either polymerized directly to polyacrylates or can be converted into acrylate ester (Acrylates) which are then subsequently polymerized. Many consumer products like adhesives, paints, binding agents and printing inks are Acrylic acid based.
About half of the crude acrylic acid is processed to high purity (glacial) acrylic acid. The other is transformed into various acrylate esters at the production sites. Identical to glacial acrylic acid, these acrylic esters serve as commercial products, which are further processed both on-site and by external downstream users.
Acrylic acid and basic alkyl esters (methyl, ethyl, butyl and 2-ethylhexyl esters) are used for the manufacture of polymer dispersions, adhesives, super absorbent polymers, flocculants, detergents, varnishes, fibres and plastics as well as chemical intermediates.
Issues and regulations
The EBAM Group has been contributing with other global producers of acrylic acid and its esters to the activities of joint Methacrylate / Acrylate Industry consortia (REACH Task Force) for the preparation of registration dossiers within the framework of the REACH legislation.
EBAM is committed to responding to the regulatory and environmental pressures on the industry:
- Health: SCOEL / Occupational Exposure Limits
- Environment: CO2 emissions (benchmarks), Industrial Emissions directive (BREF)
- Promoting the standing of the acrylics industry (acrylic acid and basic acrylic esters) in a socially responsible manner
- Maintaining a PTZ (phenothiazine) locations database. so as to information the acrylic monomers supply chain about the locations (addresses and telephone numbers) and the supplies of PTZ, which is a polymerisation inhibitor. The PTZ network is part of EBAM’s commitment to provide emergency response services for acrylic monomers in Western Europe.
- Maintaining a high level of technical understanding by identifying and managing research into health and environmental effects and assessing risks in use
- Providing Mutual Aid in case of transport incidents with Acrylic Monomers. The EBAM members have signed a Mutual Aid Convention whereby an EBAM member company may solicit assistance from another member in the event of any difficulty arising during transportation of a shipment of Acrylic Monomers
- Presenting a positive image of acrylates to the industry, authorities and the public
- Developing a common position on major issues for presentation to regulators, opinion leaders and other concerned bodies
- Developing product stewardship programmes following the Responsible Care principles
Paul Teheux, Sector Group Manager
Tel. + 32 2 676 7258
Chairman: Friedrich Martin (BASF)
Eco-profile and Environmental Declarations Acrylic Monomers (2015). The detailed report, EPD and datasets are available from the PlasticsEurope webpage.
- Safe Handling and Storage Guidelines for Acrylic Acid, version 3 (2012)
Recommendations when using multi-compartment or combination load trucks or barges for the transport of acrylic acid, methyl acrylate, ethyl acrylate, butyl acrylates and 2-ethyl hexyl acrylate.
Recommendations when using bulk containers (IBCs) for the transport of acrylic monomers.
- Statement with respect to inspections performed on acrylic monomers cargo by means of X-rays.
- Information statement about the PTZ database, which is containing details (including address and telephone numbers) of the European locations where Emergency Services can find supplies of the PTZ emergency inihibitor.