Solvents are organic chemicals and form an important part of theIndian petrochemical industry. Being an organic chemical it contains as its important constituents oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. A solvent is usually used to dissolve a liquid, gaseous or solid solute which results in a solution.
The different kinds of solvents are sold to OEMs directly and also through the distribution channels which consist of dealers and stockists. They address the smaller segments or the market of retail. Solvents are highly flammable and also they evaporate easily.
So the production, trans portion, and use of them requires careful handling. And this to a certain extend also contributes in increasing the cost of the solvents.The prices of solvents are highly volatile for it is totally dependent on the international market. Even when it is not economically justifiable, the producers are forced to match the prices with the international market.
The various kinds of solvents are:
- Petrol ether
- Methyl acetate
- Ethyl acetate
The various uses of solvents are:
- Paint thinners
- Dry cleaning
- Spot removers
- Chemical syntheses
Sales of solvents have not increased as have been expected. Efforts must be made by theIndian government and the petrochemical industry ofIndia so that this industry registers growth in the coming years.
Last Updated on 13 December 2011