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EPC-UK Additives

The EPC-UK Additives division has become widely recognised for its effectual production and supply of 2-ethyl hexyl nitrate for use as a cetane improver in diesel (gasoil) fuel.

We’re a leading name in the European additives field; carrying over 115 years of experience in explosives and associated chemical products – an achievement backed by continual investment in the latest process and chemical production technologies. Proud of our research and development competencies, we have developed advanced, safe and efficient processes, designed to securely supply products and services to a worldwide customer base.

Our Products

Our sources of diesel fuel additive, 2-ethyl hexyl nitrate (2EHN) are used across the globe to reduce emissions and enhance diesel engine performance, as well as upgrade fuel oil into higher value diesel. Our safe and cost-effective route to 2EHN gives us the capacity to produce over 45,000 tonnes of product per year.

We market more than 10,000 tonnes of Industrial Grade 77% sulphuric acid per year and use the specialised services of our Logistics Division for its secure transportation.

In addition, our versatile pilot chemical processing facilities provide the ideal environment to create speciality chemicals for more bespoke applications, enabling us to offer particular expertise in energetic reaction and nitrations.

Our Services

We are committed to delivering flexibility, reliability and responsiveness in meeting our customer’s requirements, as we ensure the safest possible standards in manufacturing, storage and transportation.

Our expertise in nitration and associated chemistries gives us the edge in a series of added-value processes, ranging from simple esterifications to highly energetic nitrations. We excel as processors of concentrated sulphuric acid / oleum and have strong partnerships on derivatives.

We operate in well-equipped laboratories and recently enlarged pilot facilities, which together, allow us to fulfil the safe development of associated chemicals and blends, and develop pharmaceutical grade products and formulations using pre-cursor materials from our in-house explosives supply.

By prioritising quality management systems and providing exceptional technical support, we continue to excel in developing circular economy demands, including:

  • Alkaline Battery Black Mass metal extraction and recycle

  • Spent Catalyst metal recovery

  • Metals reduction in oils

  • Metal sulphate production

Our Upper Tier COMAH sites at Alfreton and Great Oakley deliver the highest levels of safe storage for road and ISO tanks, whilst our access to the Great Oakley site located close to the ports of Harwich, Felixstowe and London offers comprehensive options for export. From here, our drum and blend options can be supplied to customers across the globe, and our strategic partnerships for transportation by tanker to Europe, North America and South America can continue to grow.

EPC-UK is committed to providing the highest level of customer service.

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