Inauguration of a new DIPE (Di isopropyl Ether) production unit

Novacap, a market leader in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry and a major European player in oxygenated solvents through its Performance Chemicals Division, is continuing its development strategy for high added-value products with the launch of a new on-purpose Di isopropyl Ether (DIPE) unit. The new fully upstream integrated plant was designed using an innovative, environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient process.


To celebrate this event, Novapex has organized a ceremony on September 7th in the presence of elected representatives, customers and business partners.

DIPE will increase the range of oxygenated solvents already produced by the division, which also include, Isopropanol, Acetone, and more recently, in 2014, Isopropyl Acetate, which earned the prestigious Pierre Potier prize for scientific and technological innovation.

DIPE is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry as an extractive solvent and in the crystallisation process of active pharmaceutical ingredients.
DIPE is also used as a specialty solvent for resins, coatings and dyes and for new applications in environmental sectors like waste water treatment

“The innovative process used to manufacture Di isopropyl Ether re-defines new standards in terms of quality and is a further step in our growth strategy to invest in high added-value oxygenated solvents and speciality products,” explained Laurent Castor, Division Vice-President – Performance Chemicals.

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