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What are alcohols and glycols?

Alcohols and glycols are versatile solvents with a pleasant odour. The length and the structure of the alkyl chain is decisive for the solvency of these products. Lower alcohols (up to C4) are water soluble and dissolve polar components.

The Shell Chemicals range of alcohols includes C3 to C9 alcohols such as isopropyl alcohol (IPA), diacetone alcohol and methyl isobutyl carbinol. For IPA, different grades are available to comply with specific needs for certain applications.

This includes an IPA-GMP¹ grade that is available in Europe for use as an excipient in in the production of pharmaceuticals, foods, and personal care cosmetics products; and an IPA-USP grade that is available in North America for use as an active ingredient and/or excipient in the production of pharmaceuticals, foods, and personal care cosmetics products.

Shell chemicals companies also produce ethylene and propylene oxide glycol ethers, which are often used as components in water-based coatings.

How are alcohols and glycols used?

The applications where alcohols and glycols are used include surface coatings, thinners, printing inks, adhesives, cosmetics, toiletries and cleaners. These products are also used in pharmaceuticals, disinfectants, medical applications, for the extraction of vitamins, as wetting agents in lithographic printing and as chemical intermediates.

What are our key strengths in the chemical solvents sector?

Broad product line: Our wide range of solvents enables us to cover most - if not all – solvents customer requirements. In this way we can help to rationalise and reduce the costs of procurement.

Global security of supply: Shell Chemicals are leading global suppliers of solvents, with strategically located plants offering continuous long term supply.  

Consistency of product quality: long term production experience and development of proprietary Shell processes delivers product of high quality and consistency.

Multiple sales channels: customers can choose from a range of sales channels: direct dealings with our own customer service contacts, through distributors for smaller quantities, or via e-channels such as Customer Lounge or Elemica.

Experienced support staff: Shell Chemicals have in-depth knowledge of solvents products, their applications, and health, safety and environment issues. Local sales staff are well trained to identify and meet customer business needs.  

Alcohols/glycols product data
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Isopropyl Alcohol-USP
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Diacetone alcohol (DAA)
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Isopropyl alcohol (IPA)
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Isopropyl alcohol (cosmetic)

 

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Methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC)

 

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Secondary butyl alcohol (SBA)

 

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¹ Meets excipient level

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IPA is a versatile, cost effective solvent that can be used in the preparation of a number of pharmaceutical products such as medicinal tablets, as well as in disinfectants, sterilisers and skin creams. To meet GMP standards, a quality control system has to be implemented that covers the manufacturing, storage, supply and distribution of product destined for these applications.

The IPA-GMP¹grade is being specifically marketed in Europe, although GMP standard material is also available in North America.

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Our customer offer

  • Shell Chemicals Europe is the first supplier of GMP-compliant product in Europe, with product being manufactured at Pernis, The Netherlands
  • Control and traceability measures are in place throughout the supply chain to ensure GMP compliance
  • Introduction of the grade is supported by full training programmes for staff, hauliers and customers
  • Shell chemicals companies are among the global leaders in the solvents sector and committed to adhering to the principles of Responsible Care

 

IPA-GMP¹ product overview

What is IPA-GMP¹?

IPA-GMP¹ is the name given to a specific grade of IPA that is being marketed in Europe to the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetics sector. Its introduction follows the adoption of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards for IPA production at the Pernis manufacturing facility in The Netherlands. GMP standard material is also available in North America.

How is IPA-GMP¹ used?

IPA is a versatile, cost effective solvent that can be used in the preparation of a number of pharmaceutical products such as medicinal tablets, as well as in disinfectants, sterilisers and skin creams.

GMP guidelines have been developed in order to guarantee the quality of finished pharmaceuticals as well as both the active and non-active chemicals used in their manufacture. GMP compliance has been a legal requirement in Europe since 2005 for active ingredients and although not yet mandatory for non-active ingredients (excipients) this is expected to change in the future.

What are our key strengths as a supplier of IPA-GMP¹?

  • Shell Chemicals Europe is the first supplier of GMP-compliant product in Europe, with product being manufactured at Pernis, The Netherlands
  • Control and traceability measures are in place throughout the supply chain to ensure GMP compliance
  • Introduction of the grade is supported by full training programmes for staff, hauliers and customers
  • Shell chemicals companies are among the global leaders in the solvents sector and committed to adhering to the principles of Responsible Care

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IPA-GMP¹ quality control

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The introduction of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for IPA required physical changes to be made at the Pernis facility, to eliminate the risk of contamination.

The more extensive quality data that is collected for this product is included in additional documentation that can be provided with each delivery, while the product’s GMP status is also identified on the certificate of analysis.

Dedicated road tankers are used to transport IPA-GMP¹ so there is no potential for product mix-ups and no need for cleaning between deliveries, which further reduces the risk of contamination.

To maintain the integrity and traceability of the product, quality measures are also in place while the product is en route and at the customer’s premises.

The implementation of the GMP system has required a major training programme for plant, sales and customer service staff, as well as hauliers. Similar training will be provided to customers to ensure they fully understand the GMP requirements and have the appropriate measures for product reception in place.

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