Alkylphenol Ethoxylates: Products & Uses
NPE Products and Uses
NPEs are considered “work horse” surfactants due to their high technical efficacy and cost-effectiveness. NPEs are used primarily in the following institutional and industrial applications:
- Industrial and institutional cleaning
- Pulp and paper processing
- Textile manufacture and processing
OPE Products and Uses
OPEs are used predominantly in paint emulsion applications. OPE surfactants are also used in industrial and institutional cleaning products and to a much lesser extent in paper manufacturing, textile manufacture, household cleaners and other applications. OPEs are not reported as being used in consumer applications with high potential for human exposure or environmental release (i.e., household detergents and fabric softeners and personal care products).