BDO & Derivatives
The BDO & Derivatives Sector Group
The BDO & Derivatives Sector Group deals with 1,4 butanediol (BDO), and its downstream products such as gammabutyrolactone (GBL), tetrahydrofuran (THF), N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), N-ethylpyrrolidone (NEP) and 2-pyrrolidone (PYR). The group takes care of the regulatory environment of these chemicals and strives to maintain a high level of product safety by appropriate measures. This includes a social responsibility for potential misuse of these bulk chemicals.
Uses and properties
BDO, GBL and PYR, predominantly serve as building blocks in the production of other chemicals or engineering plastics and polyurethane systems (e.g. golf balls, skateboard wheels, car bumpers). THF, NEP and NMP are essential process solvents in the production of circuit boards, insulated wire, membranes and lithium ion batteries. Furthermore they are solvents for inks, lacquers, adhesives and chemical synthesis of pharmaceutical active ingredients THF, apart from its solvent use, is the monomer of Poly THF the principal material for the manufacture of elastic fibers and other high performance polymers.
Issues and regulations
The BDO and Derivatives REACh Consortium activities and dossiers are managed by ReachCentrum.
Voluntary Product Stewardship Code for BDO and GBL
BDO and GBL are on the Voluntary Monitoring List for Non-Scheduled Drug Precursors under the EU regulations on monitoring of trade in drug precursors. The members of the BDO & Derivatives Sector Group have all committed to a common voluntary Product Stewardship code with measures to prevent the misuse of BDO and GBL and only supply these products to credible customers with known and understood end-uses. The code was introduced in 2005 and is reviewed for effectiveness on a regular basis.
Philip de Smedt, Sector Group Manager
Tel. + 32 2 676 7272
Chairman: Vasilios Galanos, BASF.