What is Ethylene Glycol?

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Ethylene glycol is a chemical commonly used in many commercial and industrial applications including antifreeze and coolant.  Ethylene glycol helps keep your car’s engine from freezing in the winter and acts as a coolant to reduce overheating in the summer. Other important uses of ethylene glycol include heat transfer fluids used as industrial coolants for gas compressors, heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, and ice skating rinks.

Ethylene glycol also is used as a raw material in the production of a wide range of products including polyester fibers for clothes, upholstery, carpet and pillows; fiberglass used in products such as jet skis, bathtubs, and bowling balls; and polyethylene terephthalate resin used in packaging film and bottles.  Many of these products are energy saving and cost efficient as well as recyclable.  

We urge you to explore our web page where you will find useful information on ethylene glycol and its derivatives and obtain a better understanding of why they are essential ingredients in the production of many products that are an important part of our lives.

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