Statistics in brief - The ten most used substances in chemical products

The ten most used substances in chemical products 2011
CAS numberChemical substanceNumber of productsQuantity (tonnes)
7732-18-5 Water 30,995 2,347,531
13463-67-7 Titanium dioxide 5,926 74,043
1330-20-7 Xylene 5,754 13,066
2634-33-5 1,2-Benzoisothiazol-3-one 4,519 160
67-63-0 Isopropanol 4,223 15,129
2682-20-4 2-Methyl-3(2H)-isothiazolone 3,862 58
123-86-4 Butylacetate 3,390 29,484
55965-84-9 5-Chloro-2-methyl-3(2H)-isothiazolone mixture with 2-methyl-3(2H)-isothiazolone 3,380 28
1333-86-4 Carbon black 3 333 98 569
64742-95-6 Medium aromatic solvent naphtha 3 280 18 856

Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency, 2011.

The most common substances are ingredients in product groups with a large assortment of products: paints, lubricants, cleaners, plastic raw materials and adhesives.

Water is an ingredient in a third of all chemical products in Sweden.

The most common organic solvent is xylene. Other organic solvents among the top-ten chemicals are isopropanol, butyl acetate and aromatic solvent naphtha.

The solvent isopropanol is used in many water-based products. Such products also often contain the preservatives  1,2-benzisothiazol-3-one, 5-chloro-2-methyl-3(2H)-isothiazolone and 2-methyl-3(2H)-isothiazolone.

Titan dioxide is a pigment and filler in many paints. Also butyl acetate has its main use in paints.

Carbon black is a black pigment used in e.g. printing inks and rubber products.