Our industry along with companies worldwide is facing supply chain disruptions due to challenges with less-than-truckload (LTL) freight. Shipping prices have increased, shipping turnaround times have slowed down and lead times for products across every industry have elevated as shipping containers lie stranded on distant shores.
The strain on the LTL freight sector has resulted from COVID-19 restrictions, increasing demand from consumers after the pandemic, the Suez Canal crisis and, in the U.S., the ice storm that impacted Texas in February. Learn more about global LTL issues on the Viachem blog.
Supply chain disruptions are heightened for manufacturers looking to formulate with phenoxyethanol. This versatile ingredient appears in products across personal care, pharmaceutical and industrial products.
Phenoxyethanol is a preservative and a solvent, also commonly known as Glycol Ether EPH (CAS #122-99-6). It can be incorporated into various formulations due to its solvent properties and solubility, able to solubilize raw materials and active ingredients such as 2,4-dichlorobenzyl alcohol. Phenoxyethanol can enhance the activity of antimicrobials, with moderate activity against a broad range of microorganisms.
It is often found in skin creams, sunscreen, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and even vaccines listed by the United States Center for Disease Control. It can appear as a fixative in perfumes, topical antiseptic, insect repellant and act as a solvent for some dyes, inks, resins and cellulose acetate in preservatives and organic synthesis.
Global LTL challenges paired with the ice storm have interfered with manufacturer Dow’s ability to manufacture glycol ethers, including phenoxyethanol. There is also a shortage of and price increase on two of the feedstocks in Europe, Asia, and India that are crucial elements required in phenoxyethanol production, including ethylene oxide.
With more than 40 years of chemical distribution experience, Viachem has the supply chain expertise and reliability to assist if you are a manufacturer looking to formulate with phenoxyethanol. We partner with a renowned manufacturer, BASF, to offer a phenomenal product of phenoxyethanol, Protectol® PE. It is an organic chemical compound and a colorless oily liquid with excellent coalescing abilities and high polymer solvency.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team to learn more about this chemical offering and get expertise on working through our industry’s challenges to source product. Email our team at [email protected] or call us today at 972-848-0445.