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Statistics in brief - Epoxy products

Epoxy resins are thermosetting plastics and the resin is formed on site by getting reactive components to react, called curing or setting.

Epoxy resins give durable surfaces and thus they are much used for coatings of metal in metal industry and for industrial flooring and other purposes in the building sector. A fairly new use area is for repair of water pipes, particularly for sewage pipes in existing buildings, so called relining. Epoxy resins can also be used for construction purposes, often together with suitable reinforcement,  in plastic goods and vehicle industries.

Turnover of epoxy resins, tonnes, 1994-2010

Graph - Turnover of epoxy resins, tonnes, 1994-2010.

Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency. 

The turnover of epoxy products varies and in 2010 the epoxy resin turnover was about 13,000 tonnes. Almost 5,000 tonnes were found in paints of which about 4,000 tonnes were exported. About 3,000 tonnes were used as raw material for plastics and around 700 tonnes as flooring material.

The chart below shows in what sectors epoxy resins are handled.

Use of epoxy resins in different sectors, tonnes, 2010

Graph - Use of epoxy resins in different sectors, tonnes, 2010.

Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency.

Epoxy resins are thermosetting plastics and the resin is formed on site by getting reactive components to react, called curing or setting. Epoxy can cause severe sensitisation and special training is required for those working with thermosetting plastics. It is not possible to regenerate a thermosetting plastic that has already cured to the original components or melt it for reuse. The most common component to make epoxy resins is BisphenolA-diglycidyl ether.