CheMondis at the 2019 K Trade Fair

CheMondis at the 2019 K Trade Fair

Only a few more days to go and once again, the plastics and rubber industry will meet in Düsseldorf at the K trade fair. Of course, CheMondis will be there. Are you heading to the K 2019? If so, meet us at booth C28 in hall 7 to find out what we are all about. Make sure to schedule an appointment with one of our Business Development Managers. To do so, please click here.

What is the K?

The K show is the largest trade fair for plastics and rubber. It will take place in Düsseldorf for eight full days. This year the K is scheduled from the 16th to the 23rd of October. More than 3.000 exhibitors and around 200.000 visitors are expected to come. Find out which other exhibitors will be at the K here.

Next to the exhibition, the K offers a supporting programme that includes a row of special shows addressing industry capabilities and trends. For instance, there will be a discussion around the topic: “Plastics for sustainable development”, which features representatives from the Austrian Federal agency for the environment and the European Environment Agency (EEA). Further there will be a series of lectures by European sustainable initiatives including:

  • Ceflex
  • Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP)
  • Petcore Europe
  • PlastiCircle Europe
  • Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS)
  • VinylPlus

Also the World Plastics Council will hold a keynote on global marine litter. And the CEO of Covestro, Dr. Markus Steilemann will deliver a “Keynote by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste”. Between CEO’s promoting a global initiative to end plastic waste and NGOs raising awareness around environmental issues, exhibitors will have the chance to promote their companies in a total of 17 Halls.

Why to visit the CheMondis Booth 

Do you buy or sell plastics and/or rubber in europe? If so, you just might be interested in us. Let us help you digitize your sales and procurement channels.

Plastics and rubber are part of our core product segment, and are traded on CheMondis on a daily basis. Find out about your business opportunities and get in contact with our Business Development Managers during the K. Make sure to visit our booth C28 in hall 7 to find out what where all about. In case you want to schedule an appointment with one of our Business Development Managers please click here.

In any case you should visit the CheMondis booth to take part in our competition. Each trade fair visitor can take part. The participant is tasked to find and buy a predefined product as fast as possible within the marketplace. First price wins an IPhone 11. Second and third place will be the second and third fastest purchaser, which both will receive an annual subscription for the renowned German manager-magazin. You think you’re up to do it? Then try us out and win the IPhone 11. Also don’t miss out on our special goodie bags – find out what’s inside at our booth.

Now it is up to you

Will you be at the K? Have you shedulde a appointment with us? Interested in our goodie bags? Let us know and leave a comment in the section below!

Thank´s for taking the time to read the CheMondis Blog. 

CheMondis at the 2019 K Trade Fair

Only a few more days to go and we are finalizing the last arrangements for the @K. Get insights of our marketplace while participating in our competition and win an amazing price. See you their next week meet us at booth C28 in hall 7.

Caution: New Substances of Very High Concern

Caution: New Substances of Very High Concern

In July 2019, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) added four new substances to the REACH candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern SVHC, extending the list to a total of 201 substances. The candidate list describes substances that may have a negative impact on human health or the environment. Producers, importers or suppliers of products that contain SVHC-listed substances are obliged to notify ECHA when they are located in the Europen Union, the total quantity of the listed substance used is more than one tone per year and/or the listed substance is present at more than 0.1% of the mass of one produced object.

See the full SVHC list here. It is frequently updated, last in july 2019. Find out all about ECHA and REACH in our previous blog post “How the European Union regulates Chemicals”. The four new substances included in the candidate list of  Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) are:

  • 2-methoxyethyl acetate
  • 4-tert-butylphenol
  • Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with ≥ 0.1% w/w of 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear (4-NP)
  • 3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy) propionic acid, its salts and its acyl halides

The substances were included due to their toxicity to reproduction, endocrine disruption and a combination of other properties. Hit the drop-down windows below to find out why exactly a specific substance was included.

2-methoxyethyl acetate

ApplicationSolvent for nitrocellulose, cellulose acetate, various gums, resins, waxes, oils, textile printing, photographic film and lacquers.

Reason for inclusion: Toxic for reproduction Article 57 (c)

CAS NO: 110-49-6

Sweden initially proposed the substance to the SVHC’s listing.

4-tert-butylphenol

Application: Used in coating products, polymers, adhesives, sealants and for the synthesis of other substances.

Reason for inclusion: Endocrine disrupting properties Article 57(f) – environment

CAS No: 98-54-4

Germany initially proposed the substance to the SVHC’s listing.

Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear)..

Applications: Antioxidant to stabilize polymers.

Reason for inclusion: Endocrine disrupting properties Article 57(f) – environment.

France initially proposed the substance to the SVHC’s listing.

3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)..

Applications: Processing aid in the production of fluorinated polymers.

Reason for inclusion: Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to the environment Article 57(f) – environmentEquivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to human health Article 57(f) – human health.

What happens next? 

Once the substances are on the SVHC List, companies may have legal obligations, which are described in detail here. These obligations apply to the listed substance on its own, in mixtures or in articles. Any supplier of articles containing a candidate list substance (above a concentration of 0.1 % w/w) has the obligation to inform customers down the entire supply chain and further any downstream user. This process is linked to safety data sheets.

Update your Safety Data Sheet

Article 31 of REACH states that affected companies must provide a safety data sheet, compiled in accordance with Annex II. The safety data sheet must be dated and shall contain the following headings:

Safety Data Sheet Headings

1. identification of the substance/preparation and of the company/undertaking;

2. hazards identification;

3. composition/information on ingredients;

4. first-aid measures;

5. fire-fighting measures;

6. accidental release measures;

7. handling and storage;

8. exposure controls/personal protection;

9. physical and chemical properties;

10. stability and reactivity;

11. toxicological information;

12. ecological information;

13. disposal considerations;

14. transport information;

15. regulatory information;

16. other information.

In particular, section 15.1 of the safety data sheet must be updated, if the product, mixture or article contains a candidate list substance. Section 15.1 of the safety data sheet informs users about safety, health and environmental regulations and legislations that apply to the specific substance, mixture or article. This includes the question whether the substance is subject to any prohibitions or restrictions in the country or region into which it is being supplied. Further, the safety data sheet must be in an official language of the member state where the substance is placed on the market. Companies which are producing, supplying or importing products that contain SVHC-listed substances in europe are obliged to update the safety data sheet without delay

  • as soon as new information which may affect the risk management measures, or new information on hazards becomes available,
  • once an authorisation has been granted or refused,
  • once a restriction has been imposed.

Moreover, importers and producers of articles containing the substance have six months from the date of its inclusion in the candidate list to notify ECHA. For the four substances listed above the six-month notification time period will end in mid-January of 2020. According to Article 31 (4) of REACH, the update of the safety data sheet can be skipped if the “(…) dangerous substances (…) are provided with sufficient information to enable users to take the necessary measures as regards [to] the protection of human health, safety and the environment, unless requested by a downstream user or distributor.”

Our Standing

In every case, CheMondis supports any legislation that promotes sustainability along the industrial supply chain and beyond. We trust the assessment of the European Chemical Agency and comply with it. On the marketplace thousands of chemical products have already been uploaded and more and more are following every day. As our approach to contribute to Article 30 of REACH, we take it upon us to raise awareness around it on our marketplace.

When uploading products onto CheMondis, sellers have the possibility to state if the specific product is bound to article 30 of REACH. This makes it easy for sellers to be transparent on their product content. Also, sellers on CheMondis can upload safety data sheets to all of their products. All safety data sheets are regularly examined by our chemical product managers as a double check to detect possible misunderstandings. Particularly the check of safety data sheets of products that contain SVHC listed products, is mandatory to us.

We want to encourage sellers and buyers on CheMondis to comply with REACH regulations. Also, when buyers and sellers operate outside of the European Union. A number of countries outside of the European Union have started to implement REACH regulations as well or are in the process of adopting such a regulatory framework under the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

China, the largest chemical manufacturer in the world, has also moved towards a more efficient and coherent system for the control of chemicals in compliance with GHS. Balkan countries such as Croatia and Serbia are in the process of adopting the EU REACH system under the auspices of the EU IPA program. Switzerland has moved towards implementation of REACH through partial revision of the Swiss Chemical Ordinance. Turkey has also paved the way to adopt REACH with the new Chemicals Management Regulation.

Now it is up to you

What do you think of the four new substances on the candidate list? Have you updated your safety data sheets yet? What do you think of section 15? And do you think Article 31 (4) of REACH is a free ticket for affected sellers? Let us know and leave a comment in the section below!

Thanks for taking the time to read the CheMondis Blog. 

CheMondis at the 2019 K Trade Fair

Only a few more days to go and we are finalizing the last arrangements for the @K. Get insights of our marketplace while participating in our competition and win an amazing price. See you their next week meet us at booth C28 in hall 7.

The Glycerin Market: High Demand, Low Prices and the Impact of Biodiesel

The Glycerin Market: High Demand, Low Prices and the Impact of Biodiesel

Worldwide there are more then 1,500 known applications for glycerin. This is a huge amount and the reason why we decided to look into it in more detail. This article briefly presents the properties of glycerin, their production and the industrial applications. Further we will describe the impact of biodiesel production on glycerin prices.

Glycerin, also known as glycerol, is defined by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) as Propane-1,2,3-triol. It belongs to the group of polyols, which are organic compounds that contain multiple hydroxyl functional groups used for organic reactions. The sweet-tasting, colorless and odorless, (in low concentration) non-toxic alcohol, melts at 18° Celsius and boils at 290° Celsius. In very simple terms, glycerin is an organic mixture of sugar and alcohol.

Industrial Applications of Glycerin

Glycerin has many industrial applications within the chemical industry and beyond. It functions as a building block and raw material to manufacture different types of chemical intermediates and products. A few examples are listed below.

Food Industry

Glycerin serves as a sweetener, solvent, and humectant in foods and beverages and can also help in preserving food. It is also used in commercially prepared low-fat foods as a filler and in liqueurs as a thickening agent. Further it is used as a sugar substitute. Although glycerol is slightly more caloric, it doesn’t cause dental cavities and has a low glycemic index.

Pharmaceutical and Personal Care

Glycerin is utilized in pharmaceutical and personal care products (including body washes, shampoos, soaps,  toothpastes etc.) largely due to its smoothness, its ability to lubricate and moisturize. In liquid detergents, glycerin has an important role as viscosity regulator, solvent and clarifying agent.

E-cigarette Liquid

Vegetable glycerin with propylene glycol, is one of the common components of e-cigarette liquid. The glycerin produces the aerosol when heated with an atomizer, delivering nicotine to the consumer.

Anti Freezing Agent

Due to its minimum freezing point temperature, glycerin was used as an anti-freezing agent for automotive applications before being replaced by ethylene glycerin. Its freezing point is around −38 °C, corresponding to 70% glycerin in water. Also glycerin is a common compound of solvents for enzymatic reagents in labs.

Chemical Intermediate and Solvent

Glycerin is used as a chemical reagent in the synthesis of nitroglycerin for the production of dynamite. Further, it is a building block in the polymer production of alkyd resins and polyurethanes for use in paints and coatings. Glycerin is also a raw material to manufacture different types of chemical intermediates, including solvents, plasticizers and surfactants. Besides that, glycerin can dissolve polar and nonpolar substances, making it a possible solvent to be used in many industries with different applications.

Production of Glycerin

Glycerin is produced by hydrolysis, saponification or transesterification of triglycerides. Triglycerides sources are commonly plants, like soybeans, and animals, such as tallow. Glycerin from triglycerides is produced worldwide on a large scale. The quality (parameters of purity) can vary from producer to producer depending on the production process.

Post-purification can be achieved by treatment with activated carbon to remove organic impurities, alkali to remove unreacted glycerin esters and ion exchangers to remove salts. High purity glycerin (> 99.5%) is obtained by multi-step vacuum distillation. Glycerin can also be produced by various routes from propylene, which is a three carbon petrochemical compound with double bonds. The most relevant process includes propylene chlorination. A variety of glycerin products with different purities are currently supplied by multiple companies on CheMondis.

Why is Glycerin selling low?

The standard of living around the world has risen. Especially in developing countries a new growing demand for pharmaceuticals and personal care products has evolved. Thus, resulting in larger international consumption amounts of glycerin. Although the overall consumption of glycerin has continuously risen prices are on the low. One of many factors may be the increase of biodiesel production, also known as the bio-diesel-revolution.

Glycerin is a byproduct in the production process of biodiesel. Although the glycerin produced in the biodiesel process is of low quality (80% purity), and still contains contaminants like soap and water, it still can be used for pharmaceutical or technical grade products. In order to do so, the produced glycerin must undergo a post-purification process (as mentioned above).

For the last two decades biodiesel production in Europe has increased continuously. This trend can possibly be linked to the European Union directive from 2003, “Transport Biofuels Directive 2003/30/EC”, which promotes the use of biodiesel as an alternative to fossil fuels (petrol/diesel). According to the directive, EU member states were obliged to replace 5,75% of all transport fossil fuels with bio fossil fuels by 2010. Many other governments outside of the European Union have introduced similar agendas to promote the use of biodiesels. For instance, the “Brazilian Biodiesel Technology Development Program”. Although the European Union failed to achieve the targeted 5,75% by 2010, the production of biodiesel has risen.

During 2016 producers within the European union processed around  12 million tons of biodiesel according to the European Biodiesel BoardIn Germany alone, around 3 million tons of biodiesel were produced. This makes Germany the largest producer of biodiesel in the European Union. Followed by France, the Netherlands and Spain which each produced between 1-2 million tons of biodiesel in 2016. Ultimately a high production of biodiesel lead to an increase in glycerin availability. Driving prices down, although the overall international glycerin demand is rising.

In a Nutshell

Glycerin is an organic mixture of sugar and alcohol. It can be produced by hydrolysis, saponification or transesterification of triglycerides. Quality can vary from producer to producer depending on the production process. Glycerin has many industrial applications. Leading to a continuously rising glycerin demand. Low glycerin prices can (but not only) be linked to the increase in bio-diesel production.

Now it is up to you!

What is your experience with glycerin? Have you bought or sold it on CheMondis? What do you think of directives that promote bio-diesel production? And what other information could be relevant when discussing glycerin? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Thanks for taking the time to read the CheMondis Blog. 

CheMondis at the 2019 K Trade Fair

Only a few more days to go and we are finalizing the last arrangements for the @K. Get insights of our marketplace while participating in our competition and win an amazing price. See you their next week meet us at booth C28 in hall 7.

Nice to meet you – we are Team Commercial

Nice to meet you – we are Team Commercial

Team Commercial @CheMondis

At CheMondis “Team Commercial” takes care of all customer-facing activities and is responsible for the commercial operations. Driven by the CheMondis vision, the commercial team wants to help companies digitize their procurement and sales units, while supporting existing users and promoting the marketplace to the industry.

“Team Commercial” comprises four different disciplines, all aligned by one common goal: Digitalizing marketing, sales & procurement for the chemical industry. The team is led by Cornelia Birnbrich – Head of Commercial and has experts from the fields of customer success management, sales, marketing and chemical product management.

“It’s not about digital sales, it’s about selling in a digital world.”  

– David Kunisch 

Our “Sales Team” with David Kunisch and Felix Adam is the first personal face or voice to the customer. Their goal is to win new customers. Both buyers and suppliers for our marketplace. They provide detailed information on how to join the marketplace, while promoting the CheMondis vision to interested parties. Make sure to meet and greet team sales at relevant chemical trade fairs and exhibitions around the globe. In case your company is interested in joining the CheMondis marketplace – please reach out to our sales team. Learn which trade fairs we will attend by following us on LinkedIn here.

“Our focus is our customer”  

– Keum Won Jung

Our “Customer Success Team”, consisting of Business Development Managers Keum-Won Jung, Patricia Moock and Dr. Julia Schloots make sure that all customers using CheMondis, use it successfully. Once a buyer/supplier has registered for CheMondis, customer success makes sure that the desired customer outcome is achieved. In short: they make it work for you! They onboard new users step by step, helping them upload their first product or making their first purchase, while supporting existing users. In case you have any issues with the marketplace – please get in contact with us via support@chemondis.com and let customer success help you.

“It is rewarding to see great tools that enable companies to easily market and sell chemical products.” 

– Felix Adam

The CheMondis “Marketing Team” is digital. Our Senior Marketing Manager Vincent Kusbac and Performance Marketer Daniel Beckers make sure that relevant customers are able to find us. They work hand in hand with our team of working students, Anna Shitova, Daria Gerasimova, Caroline Sajoz and Jesse Otto, who make sure to provide the most relevant content in the most relevant channels to our customers.

“Quality is key, especially in the chemical industry.” 

– Julie Gai

Chemical product manager, Julie Gai and working student Samar Diraoui, backtrack the chemical information of listed products and substances. Checking if product and substance information is complete, up-to-date and of high quality. To ensure that our customers can make well-informed purchasing decisions when using CheMondis.

What it is like to work in Team Commercial 

The most enjoyable part of working in the commercial landscape, is the team itself. Passionate personalities, industry specific skill sets and a strong group cohesion characterize “Team Commercial”.

“I love the Team” 

– Patricia Moock

Team Commercial shares the goal of a happy and successful customer using our marketplace to the fullest extent possible. Therefore, collaboration is key to us. Between one-on-one weeklys and team meetings – there is always someone to ask for advice, help or support within the team. Our open space office allows for a quick group discussion or brainstorming session at any time. Cross functional cooperation between sub-teams of the “Commercial Team” and further other teams are just as common as after work team events.

“On Friday afternoons the CheMondis team gets together for a end-of-the-week-beer. We exchange the most important events of the week and of course our plans for the weekend.” 

– Caro Sajonz

Apart from that, it is always fun to market and sell a product with great demand and a high level of innovation. Simply because it sells better. The CheMondis marketplace is a unique product, generating arising interest in the chemical industry and beyond.

Join the Team

Why work at CheMondis? Drive the development of a tech-start-up and join our agile, interdisciplinary and international team. Enjoy flat hierarchies, flexible working hours, a competitive salary and our modern office located in the center of cologne. The balance between start-up flexibility and corporate stability make CheMondis an attractive employer. Join the Team today and be part of the digital movement tomorrow. Find out about all our current job offers here.

Now it is up to you

Have you met our sales team on trade fairs before? What’s your experience with customer success? Did you find us on Google? And what do you think of our online marketing efforts? Do you have more questions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Thanks for taking the time to read the CheMondis Blog. 

CheMondis at the 2019 K Trade Fair

Only a few more days to go and we are finalizing the last arrangements for the @K. Get insights of our marketplace while participating in our competition and win an amazing price. See you their next week meet us at booth C28 in hall 7.

Send Special Offers to selected Buyers on CheMondis

Send Special Offers to selected Buyers on CheMondis

There are two different ways of selling products on CheMondis. Suppliers can either choose to sell products directly as instant deals at fixed list prices or they can individually issue quotes based on quote requests from prospective customers. Next to instant deals and quote requests the CheMondis marketplace is introducing a third option for suppliers to sell products on the marketplace. Sell and buy products as special offers. The integrated special offer feature allows suppliers to make custom deals for selected buyers. As with any other product offer, suppliers can decide to provide special offers as instant deals, quote requests or both.

What makes special offers unique?

Special offers are not publicly accessible, they cannot be found in the search bar results. Instead, suppliers receive a unique URL for the special offer, which then can be exclusively shared with selected buyers – simply by sharing the link. The special offer can be granted to any buyer the supplier selects. However only selected buyers can see and accept the special offer.

Why bother?

Granting special offers to buyers can have different reasons. As a supplier you want to use this feature to offer special prices to specific long-time customers and/or buyers with high purchasing volumes. In other cases, it can be useful when suppliers are clearing storage capacities for future productions. This may include products which cannot be stored for a long time or products which are off-specification.

Send selected buyers a special offer for any reason you choose.

How does it work?

If you want to use the special offer function, please contact the CheMondis Team and let us know about it. Either you can contact your customer success manager directly or reach out to us via support@chemondis.com. Once our team has activated the feature for your supplier account you will be able to make special offers for selected buyers.

In order to make a special offer, upload your product via the regular product upload. Log in to CheMondis, head to “my products”, click “add product” and mark it as a “special offer”.  Save your product information and you’re done!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Contact customer success manager

Step 2: Activate “special offer” feature

Step 3: Log in to CheMondis

Step 4: Head to “my products”

Step 5: Click “add product”

Step 6: Mark as “special offer”

Step 7: Click “save”

Step 8: Copy unique URL

Step 9: Send out URL to picked buyers

What are the costs?

During the testing period the special offer feature can be used by any supplier absolutely free of charge. In order to activate the feature on CheMondis please contact your customer success manager or the CheMondis team via support@chemondis.com.

Now it is up to you

What do you think of the CheMondis special offer feature? Is it helpful? What is most helpful to you? And which other features could be useful on the marketplace? Let us know and leave a comment in the section below!

Thanks for taking the time to read the CheMondis Blog. 

CheMondis at the 2019 K Trade Fair

Only a few more days to go and we are finalizing the last arrangements for the @K. Get insights of our marketplace while participating in our competition and win an amazing price. See you their next week meet us at booth C28 in hall 7.