Propylene glycol ethers are widely used in the surface coatings industry, as solvents, and for the regulation of flow and coalescence.
Methoxy propanol or methanol based monopropylene glycol monomethyl ether (PM), a clear liquid with ether-like odour, is used in the pharmaceutical industry as an extractant, in cosmetics adhesives, printing inks, agrochemical formulations and industrial/household cleaners. It is also used in felt pens and stamp pad ink, in leather finishes, wood stains and furniture polishes.
Methoxy propanol Acetate or propylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate (PMA) is a clear liquid with an aromatic, fruity odour. It is used in wood stains, printing inks, adhesives, cleaners, polishes and other household products.
PM and PMA are combustible and may be irritating to eyes and the respiratory system.
ICIS pricing quotes Propylene Glycol Ethers in Europe and Asia. (For US coverage please see also the Glycol Ethers entry.)
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