Ethylene amines, ethanolamines and glycols are reactive substances that need to be packaged, handled and stored with care.


Packaging

Our amines are mainly supplied in bulk in tank containers and tank cars. Alternatively, they can be supplied in drums and IBCs. All drums are stored on “container" pallets containing four drums per pallet.

Piperazine Anhydrous (PIP 99) is an exception, as it is supplied in fibreboard boxes on pallets. The boxes are lined with multi-layered plastic bags to protect and preserve the product.

All pallets are treated according to the requirement of the International Standard on Phytosanitary Measures No 15 (ISPM 15).

Please contact our technical service if you require further information on available packagings.

Storage and Handling

All amines should be stored in well closed containers protected from air, moisture and carbon dioxide. Stainless steel is the best material for tanks, pipes and hoses. Non-seal pumps of the canned-pump type are recommended. A nitrogen blanket should be used to avoid discoloration, moisture uptake and formation of carbamates from carbon dioxide.

Teflon can be used for seals for containers stored at temperatures up to around 150 °C. We recommend polyethylene, polypropylene or EPDM rubber seals for containers at room temperature. Copper and its alloys must be avoided.

For safe and smooth handling the products should have the appropriate temperature. In cold conditions vents and pipes need to be heated before unloading can commence.

As part of our commitment to Product Stewardship, we have designed an Online Safety Training Program which provides useful information on safe product handling. This training can and should be extended to third parties who come in contact with ethylene amines, as it is our aim to educate and increase awareness across the chemical industry. If you wish to participate in this training, please get in contact with our technical service.

More detailed information on proper product handling can be found in the Industry guide "Best practices" - in English and in Chinese.