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Międzynarodowa Konferencja Przemysłu Chemii Gospodarczej » 2021

Report from the conference

On June 8, 2021, the 10th International Conference for Household Industry was held. This time the event took place online.

The conference consisted of three parts, and during it 11 thematic presentations related to legislation and current trends in the detergent market, sustainable and innovative trends in household chemicals, and one sponsorship were given.

The event was sponsored by: Dachser Sp. z o.o., Emerald Kalama Chemical, LLC and LUM GmbH. The substantive patronage was taken by Euromonitor International, and the patrons were: the Polish Association of the Cosmetic and Detergent Industry and the University of Engineering and Health in Warsaw. The role of media collaborators was taken by:, Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN SA, the Chemical Quarterly "Law and Knowledge", "Chemical Industry" and "Weighing, Dosing, Packaging".

The next edition of the conference is planned for June 7, 2022. 


Discussion of individual presentations given during the 10th International Conference for Household Industry.

Production Trends of Household Chemicals

Justinas Lasinskas, Consultant, Euromonitor International

The author of the lecture argued that the household chemicals industry is developing at a moderate pace in Europe, but there are many prospective product categories on the market. However, in terms of growth rates, resilient Western European markets are lagging behind Eastern markets. This is not only dictated by lower production costs, but also by the dynamics of the development of local markets in the consumer segment and, increasingly, also in the B2B segment. In this context, the analysis of cross-border relations, the competitive environment and supply chains becomes more and more important for companies in the industry - especially today, when the future brings new challenges for producers across the continent due to political instability, Brexit, slowing economic growth in Europe and the weakening of international trade ties.

In total, in 2020, the value of production in the household chemicals industry in Europe reached 39.9 billion dollars, which was a result 2.4% lower than in 2019. The expected growth rate until 2025 is 0.8% on average annually. Poland is the fifth largest producer of household chemicals in Europe.

The presentation lists five main factors that will shape the development of the industry in question. This is a growing pressure on B2B services (companies strive to diversify operational risk and relocate part of their production close to consumers), automation of production (new efficiency measures are increasingly being taken to ensure business continuity), trends in sustainability (consumers are expected to seek green packaging and products), product innovation as the most important driver of growth changes in consumer lifestyles. COVID-19 has disrupted the industry but has not had a significant impact on it.

Disinfectant Products – Progress in the Evaluation of Active Ingredients. Choice of Registration Route

Natalia Kister, Expert in Biocidal Product Registration, THETA Consulting

The speaker explained that disinfection products classified as biocidal products are subject to mandatory registration and obtaining the applicable marketing authorization. The selection of the registration route is determined by the active substances present in the product. Products can be registered according to the national or European procedure.

All licenses for trade in biocidal products are valid until December 31, 2024. In example by the end of the review program of all active substances notified for evaluation. These authorizations may be revoked earlier in the event of failure to submit an application for re-registration under the European procedure or in the event of a negative evaluation of the active substance and its withdrawal from use in a given destination.

In the case of the negative assessment, the Commission draws up a draft on the non-approval of the substances concerned in the product types concerned. Due to the long delays in the verification of active substances, the national authorities and the European Commission agreed on a work plan to accelerate the active substance review program, while maintaining a high level of safety for citizens and the environment and equal treatment of companies. As a first step, it is recommended to evaluate substances that are unlikely to be approved or should be replaced.

Therefore, it is important to control the statutes of active substances present in registered products in order to submit the relevant documents for the European procedure until the approval of the last active substance in the product, while maintaining the validity of the national authorization until a new harmonized authorization in the European procedure is issued.

In the case of a negative evaluation of an active substance and rapid reformulation measures, a new product can be registered under the national procedure with the changed active substances still in the review program, thus maintaining the liquidity of the products placed on the market.

The European Green Deal - New Challengesfor the Detergent Industry

Katarzyna Żandarska, Technical and RegulatoryAffairs Manager, Polish Association of Cosmetic and Detergent Industry

As the PSPKiD expert reminded, the European Green Deal is one of the most comprehensive strategies of the European Union in the field of environmental protection and counteracting climate change. Behind the objectives of the EGD there are a number of initiatives, including over 300 of a legislative nature, most of which will be proposed and implemented in the next two years. New packaging management rules will be introduced to help the transition to a circular economy. Chemical legislation, including REACH and CLP regulations, will be revised to ensure that the environment is free from hazardous chemicals and that the consumer achieves the highest level of protection and safety, also in terms of communicating environmental aspects of the product.

This important policy of the European Union also means significant changes for the detergent industry. An industrial strategy for a circular clean economy, or a zero-emission drive for a non-toxic environment, will be key initiatives affecting the industry. Entrepreneurs are waiting for enormous changes and professing both implementation, legal and technical nature, as well as a significant increase in costs in terms of financing the solutions being developed.

An important change will be the sourcing of materials: preference will be given to measures ensuring the sustainable sourcing of bio-raw materials (in particular palm oil, other tropical oils, wood pulp). The changes are also to include the approach to marketing. Stricter rules on the justification of eco-claims are expected, or the potentially mandatory use of the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF). More information on environmental sustainability will be required available to all supply chains (e.g. digital product passport).

Change of Law and the Interest of the Detergent Sector. How to Monitor Legislation, Identify Regulatory Trends and Join the Law-making Process?

Anna Hlebicka-Józefowicz, Senior Associate, Domański Zakrzewski Palinka sp.k.

- When we think about changing the law, from the perspective of companies or entire industries, we usually think about risk, but changing the law is also a source of opportunities and this change of law can be actively used for development. There are three challenges to the lawmaking process. It is an information asymmetry, ie those who will apply the law know much less about it than those who introduce it; erosion of the law as a result of the growing number of regulations and the so-called perception of lobbying - the speaker was explaining during the conference.

The author of the speech informed that in Poland about 20,000 pages of new regulations enter into force each year. The legal environment of the business, the conditions for conducting business activity, as well as the rights and obligations of entrepreneurs are constantly changing. These changes are sometimes introduced hastily, often without a thorough assessment of their economic, legal and social consequences, and without the participation of the addressees of new regulations. Nevertheless, entrepreneurs from the detergent industry should use all available tools and good practices to monitor legal changes and join the law-making process on an ongoing basis, wherever new regulations may affect their operations. These tools - apart from legislative monitoring - include, among others economic analysis of the law (assessment of the economic and social effects of the proposed regulations), building a coalition of entities interested in jointly representing their interests in the legislative process, and initiating and participating in the public debate on the proposed changes. The common goal of these activities should be to remove regulatory barriers to business development by participating in the creation of proportional, rational and consistent regulations from the point of view of those who are to apply them.

The Next Generation of More Naturally Sourced, High Performance Cleaners: Vegetable-based Narrow Range Ethoxylates, Chelates and Polymers

Claudio Benvegnù, Technical Development Manager EMEA, Nouryon

The presentation compared the basic cleaning ingredients on a biological basis, which are readily biodegradable, incl. surfactants, chelates and polymers with a narrow homologous distribution, with commercially available reference products in several applications such as hard surface cleaning, dishwasher cleaning and laundry washing.

The operation of raw materials included in the company's offer was presented. One of them was Dissolvine M-S, which successfully replaces phosphorus-containing fillers in dishwasher detergents. Increases the cleaning power of the cleaner / detergent by sequestering hard water ions from water and dirt. Prevents the deactivation of surfactants from hard water metal ions. It also deactivates transition metal ions, thus stabilizing detergents containing peroxides. In industrial and institutional cleaning, Dissolvine M-S forms stable, water-soluble metal complexes with all potentially harmful metal ions. Due to its low molecular weight, this chelate performs very well in short-contact cleaning.

The activity of Alcoguard H 5941 as a readily biodegradable hybrid polymer based on natural and synthetic ingredients, intended for cleaning applications, was also discussed. This polymer is a combination of selected polysaccharides and synthetic monomers combined into one molecule. It is designed to prevent scale formation in detergent applications such as automatic dishwashing, laundry and hard surface cleaning. It was assured during the conference that it is particularly effective in minimizing the formation of films and stains in phosphate-free automatic dishwashing preparations and is as effective as synthetic copolymers.

REWOQUAT® CQ 200 - the New Reference for Powerful Heavy Duty Cleaning

Silvia Jentsch, Manager Technical Services | PL Cleaning Solutions | Care Solutions, Evonik Industries

The essence of the presentation was to present Evonik's new products in the form of a surfactant that effectively removes stubborn dirt from various hard surfaces. REWOQUAT CQ 200 is a highly degreasing surfactant with excellent emulsifying properties, intended for various cleaning applications. It is stable in alkaline and acidic preparations. It can be used over a wide pH range. Especially in combination with chelating agents, it exhibits intense degreasing and antistatic properties, even on plastic surfaces. The excellent efficiency of REWOQUAT CQ 200 in removing organic dirt makes it an effective replacement for solvents or solvent-based cleaners. REWOQUAT CQ 200 with an innovative composition is an optimal solution for industrial and household cleaning preparations.

- Clean and safe surfaces in public places are essential and cleaning is becoming increasingly important in times of a pandemic. The frequency of cleaning is increasing - not only in households. Therefore, more than ever, efficient cleaning solutions are needed that can help clean surfaces not only efficiently but also quickly. They can contribute to increasing the accessibility of public transport and hotel rooms, and can help speed up and optimize processes. At the same time, the trend related to sustainable development is gaining importance all the time. Global climate change and consumer demand for more environmentally friendly products are forcing all industries to think in terms of equivalence. The cleaning industry can support innovative solutions for saving water, reducing plastic pollution and using more biodegradable ingredients. The answer to these challenges is our new surfactant, which offers extraordinary cleaning power for heavy soiling on a variety of hard surfaces and in a variety of applications - said the representative of Evonik.

Effortless Cleaning & Surface Modificationwith Novel Multi-Benefit Polymers

Svea Braak, BU ICS, Technical Application EMEA CC, Industrial & Home Care, Clariant Produkte(Deutschland) GmbH

- The pursuit of comfort determines the activity of cleaning the house. We are all looking for ways to reduce the time we spend on maintaining cleanliness in the home environment, while maintaining an appropriate level of hygiene. Everyone knows that cleaning is a time-consuming and often laborious activity. Despite the undoubted progress made in recent times in the quality of household cleaning products, there is still the potential to introduce the latest achievements and innovative chemical solutions into household chemicals to improve cleaning performance. In response, Clariant developed a high performance, multi-functional hydrophilic surface cleaning polymer. The new additive can be used in all types of cleaners to achieve a high-quality end result and also keep the surface clean for longer, said Svea Braak.

In her presentation, she presented the advantages of a surface-modifying polymer, developed by Clariant, called Aristocare Smart.

- Aristocare Smart makes cleaning hydrophilic surfaces such as ceramics, glass and stainless steel much smarter. By providing a protective layer, the surface becomes smoother and the sticking of soil and water droplets is prevented. As a result, dirt can be easily removed during the next cleaning. Water drains off the smoothed surface faster, resulting in flawless drying without limescale deposits. Cleaning agents containing a new polymer efficiently eliminate the formation of streaks and streaks from the remnants of the preparation and water. This innovative polymer enables long-term hydrophilization of the surface, even after successive rinsing with tap water, preventing the formation of permanent deposits. Thanks to modern surface cleaners that provide these benefits, consumers can easily keep their home clean, said the speaker.

The Next Generation of More Naturally Sourced, High Performance Cleaners: Vegetable-based Narrow Range Ethoxylates, Chelates and Polymers

Arnold Uhl, Sales & Marketing Manager, LUM GmbH

The speaker recalled that household chemicals, as well as personal care products and cosmetics, often come in the form of suspensions, emulsions or suspension emulsions. They are characterized by a complex composition that provides the required versatile properties of the products. On the one hand, consumers expect preparations with high stability, in which there is no phase separation. On the other hand, marketing departments strive to bring preparations to market quickly - in a much shorter time than necessary to conduct comprehensive tests of the end product under actual storage conditions. To solve this problem, instrumental methods of accelerated stability testing are recommended.

Consequently, in his presentation, the author focused on the comprehensive physical characteristics of in-situ preparations. Thanks to the unique, patented STEP-Technology technology and the direct physical acceleration of the separation process, it is possible to carry out comparative shelf life analyzes of original dispersions according to ISO / TR 13097 in a short time. Analogously to the cyclic temperature changes during real-time storage, an additional temperature ramp was introduced in the accelerated separation tests. An effective combination of both methods was discussed at the conference: temperature ramp and accelerated physical testing.

STEP technology allows to obtain extinction profiles with spatial and temporal resolution along the entire sample length for up to 12 different samples simultaneously. Parallel light (I0) illuminates the entire sample chamber and transmitted light I is detected by thousands of sensors arranged linearly throughout the sample from top to bottom with microscale resolution. The transmission is converted to extinction by 1 µg I / 10 and the particle concentration can be calculated.

Meeting the Needs of Today’s Consumersand Regulators for More Eco-friendly ProductsWith Safe Innovative Preservative Solutions

Jonathan Rabiei, Business Development Manager, Emerald Kalama Chemical

Modern consumers want to be sure that the cleaning products they buy meet their safety and ecological expectations. On the other hand, consumer preferences influence regulations and labeling requirements. As a result, the range of preservatives that formulators can use is reduced.

- Our sodium benzoate, Kalaguard SB, is a new solution that enables consumer-friendly maintenance of household chemicals. Kalaguard SB is distinguished by unique properties: it has a composition identical to the natural one, it is biodegradable and meets the requirements of European ecological certificates. Thanks to obtaining all the required approvals, Ka¬laguard SB can be safely used by formulators to solve problems related to product maintenance - said the author of the presentation.

Kalaguard SB is the first and only sodium benzoate-based preservative approved by BPR PT 6 in Europe and EPA FIFRA in the US, providing an eco-friendly, consumer-friendly alternative to household preservatives. It is effective in inhibiting the growth of microorganisms up to a pH of 7 in applications such as cleaning agents, detergents, hand dishwashing liquids and fabric softeners. More than 200 products preserved with Kalaguard SB have already been introduced in Europe.

Benzoic acid itself is naturally present in many fruits, cloves, cinnamon, and gum. It is commercially available as a synthetic product, but at the same time it is obtained from benzoic acid of the highest available purity. While many preservatives may be considered "readily biodegradable", sodium benzoate is the "reference substance" listed in OECD Test Guideline 301. Sodium benzoate is recognized as being readily biodegradable in several standard tests under aerobic and anaerobic conditions.

Creating Sensory Experiences With Cellulose Rheology Modifiers in a Range of New Hand Sanitizer Formats

Eric Jan de Feij, Sr Staff Scientist, Ashland Inc.

- Hand hygiene is very important as it prevents the transmission of microorganisms. When soap and water are not available, convenient and easy-to-use disinfectants can be used to eliminate harmful microorganisms. Currently, a wide range of hand disinfectants is offered on the market. Several active substances and product formats are available, including sprays, foams and wipes. Regardless of the type of active ingredient and format, consumers expect products that are stable, have excellent antimicrobial activity, are easy to apply, are pleasant to the touch and are gentle on the skin. Thanks to cellulose rheology modifiers, manufacturers can achieve sensory properties and functional characteristics that meet the needs and expectations of consumers in both hydroalcohol and water systems, argued Eric Jan de Feij from Ashland, the world's largest producer of cellulose ether.

During the conference, the action of a polymer called Benecel HPMC was discussed. They are high-purity, water-soluble, non-ionic polymers, intended for use as a water retention aid, thickeners and film-forming agents, protective colloids, suspending and emulsifying agents, binders and stabilizers. Derived from cellulose, a natural, abundant and renewable resource, Benecel HPMC polymers have been used for over 50 years to increase product performance in personal care, pharmaceutical and food applications. In household chemistry, they are used for hand disinfectants, hand dishwashing liquids, detergents, prewash, and toilet bowl cleaners.

Low and High Foaming Solutions for Disinfection

Berta Cots, Sales Manager Surfactantsfor Consumers Applications, Kao Chemicals Europe

As the speaker said, the household chemicals sector supports a wide range of applications tailored to different needs. The main goal is effective and at the same time ecological cleaning, although the requirements for the detergents used are varied: from acidic to alkaline products, to low-foaming or high-foaming agents that produce very high viscosity foam, adapted to hard or soft water, compatible with hypochlorite, biocides, etc.

During the conference, low-foaming surfactants with high dispersing and hydrotropic properties were discussed. Akypo series products are ether carboxylic acids (EC) or their salts. The products in this range differ in the degree of ethoxylation and the length of the alkyl chain. They can be divided according to counterion (M +) into acid form or neutralized sodium salt. The Akypo family offers various ingredients for eco-friendly cleaning that meet specific requirements (from bathroom detergents to kitchen cleaners that effectively remove grease) and have many beneficial properties, e.g. limescale removal in cleaning products bathrooms or very good dispersing and degreasing properties in kitchen cleaning preparations and other applications.

Depending on the intended use, low-foaming and high-foaming substances are available, showing very good hydroproperic, emulsifying and dispersing properties. Ingredients are also available that allow the preparation of effective formulations and do not require labeling according to the criteria of the CLP Regulation.


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ACC Chemicals Sp. z o. o. Sp. K. 
Ashland Inc.
AS Produkt Sebastian Pasturek
AUTOLAND J. Kisielewski & J. Morański Sp.j
BeWuDe Beata Domagalska
Biesterfeld Chemia Specjalna Sp.z o.o.
Biesterfeld Spezialchemie GmbH
BRB Central Eastern Europe Sp. z o.o.
Brenntag Polska Sp. z o.o.
Centrum Mercury 
CHEMIKA Marek Gajewski
CHEMTRA Edyta Kuliszewska
CHT Germany GmbH Sp. z o.o. Przedstawicielstwo w Polsce
Comercial Química Massó S.A. Oddział w Polsce
Domański Zakrzewski Palinka sp.k.
ELTREX Sp. z o.o., sp.k.
Emerald Kalama Chemical
Euromonitor International
Evonik Industries AG
Fluorochemika Poland Sp. z o.o.
Grupa Inco S.A.
HAL Sp. z o.o.
HARKE Polska Sp. z o.o.
Harper Hygienics SA
HSH Chemie Sp. z o.o.
IMCD Polska Sp. z.o.o.
IMPAG Chemicals Poland Sp. z o.o.
Informacje Naukowo-Techniczne Janusz Andryszak
Inter-Global Sp. z o.o.
Italmatch Chemicals S.p.A.
Jago Pro Sp. z o.o.
JWP Rzecznicy Patentowi Dorota Rzążewska sp.k.
Kao Chemicals Europe
Laboratorium Badawcze SORBOLAB Sp. z o.o.
Madonis Sp. z o.o.
Marba Sp. z o.o. Sp. K.
Michał Kossek Firma Produkcyjno Handlowo Usługowa Wzornica 
Nicols Poland Sp. z o.o.
Omya sp. z o.o.
Patpol Kancelaria Patentowa sp. z o.o.
Persan Polska S.A. 
POL-HUN M. Bielska sp.j
Polskie Stowarzyszenie Przemysłu Kosmetycznego i Detergentowego
P.P.H TESS Małgorzata i Sławomir Maksymowicz
PPUH "Voigt" Sp. z o.o.
Przedsiębiorstwo Badawczo-Wdrożeniowe Acrylmed dr Ludwika Własińska Sp. z o.o.
Przedsiębiorstwo Wielobranżowe Shine Artur Kowalski
RADEX Zbigniew i Tomasz Nagay s.j.
Radziemska Wyrób Artykułów Chemii Gospodarczej Lidia Radziemska
Reckitt Benckiser Production (Poland) Sp. z o.o.
REZA Chemical Industries
ROYAL Sp. z o.o.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
Safic-Alcan Polska Sp.z.o.o
SaneChem Sp. z o.o.
Sannprofi  Sp. z o.o. 
Sewamil Firma Chemiczna Elżbieta Sztreker-Racibor
Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz-Instytut Ciężkiej Syntezy Organicznej "Blachownia"
Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz – Instytut Chemii Przemysłowej im. Prof. Ignacego Mościckiego
Specjalistyczne Laboratorium Badawcze "Ita-Test" S.C.
Stockmeier Chemia Sp. z o.o. i Spółka S.K.
Theta Doradztwo Techniczne
WATS SP. z o.o.
Wyższa Szkoła Inżynierii i Zdrowia w Warszawie
Yope Sp. z o.o.
Zakłady Chemiczne UNIA Spółdzielnia Pracy
ZChG „Pollena-Astra” Sp. z o.o.
Zakłady Chemiczne "Organika" SA

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8th June 2021


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