Ethylene glycol is an organic compound typically used in antifreeze formulations, and as an essential raw material in polyester fiber manufacturing. EG is also found in solvents, some resins, and low-freezing dynamites. EG is useful as a raw material in the production of several products. Upholstery, carpets, pillows, and clothing with polyester fibers are just a few. Some fiberglass products like bathtubs, bowling balls, and jet skis also utilize EG as an essential intermediate in their manufacture.

Ethylene glycol freezes at a much lower temperature than water, which makes it suitable for cold environments. This is the main quality that makes it a logical choice for hydraulic brake fluids, heating and cooling systems, and other car fluids. If you own a vehicle, you owe a lot of its function to EG.

  • Synonyms: EG, monoethylene glycol (MEG), 1,2-Ethanediol, and ethylene alcohol
  • INCI: Ethylene glycol
  • Chemical formula: C2H6O2
  • CAS #: 107-21-1
  • Hazard: • H302 - Harmful if swallowed, H373 - May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure


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Ethylene Glycol
Ethylene Glycol 50% D.I.
Ethylene Glycol Inhib


Appearanceclear colorless liquid
Solubilitiessoluble in most organic solvents and miscible in water
Density1.11 g/cc
Boiling point387°F (197.2°C) min.
Freezing point9°F (-12.8°C)
Molecular weight62.068 g/mol
Weight per gallon9.29 lbs/gal
Classglycol, solvent
GradesIndustrial, Inhibited, Technical


Ethylene Glycol uses include adhesives & cements, aircraft deicing fluid, alkyd resin, antifreeze, asphalt, emulsions, brake fluid, coolant, deicing fluid, electrolytic capacitors, engine coolants, freeze point depressant, heat transfer fluid, humectant, hydraulic fluid, ink solvent, joint cement, leather conditioning aid, natural gas treating, paint solvent, paper & paperboard, polyester resins, runway deicing fluids, shock absorber fluid, solvent, textile, etc.

  • Coatings and Construction: Ethylene Glycol is used in resins and inks and dyes applications. It also used as a solvent in the coatings and construction industry.
  • Oil & Gas: Ethylene glycol is used as a hydraulic fluid.
  • Personal Care: It is used in the formulation of cosmetic products
  • Industrial: Ethylene Glycol is used as an antifreeze and coolant. It finds its application in polyester fiber manufacturing. It is used in the production of upholstery, carpet, pillows and clothing with polyester fibers. It is also used in heating and cooling systems and other car fluids.

Quick Answers

Ethylene glycol, commonly referred to as EG, is a chemical intermediate commonly found in antifreeze, refrigerants, and hydraulic fluids. EG is a syrupy chemical that is colorless and odorless. EG is known to have a sweet taste, but it is poisonous and should never be ingested or inhaled due to its labile nature.

If you need to buy ethylene glycol for your production process, Brenntag North America is the perfection solution. We are a reliable, experienced source who can offer a large selection of high-quality ethylene glycol and other chemicals and ingredients to suit every specific application.

Your best approach will be to contact Brenntag North America. Brenntag is the established global market leader in ingredient and chemical distribution and can fully supply all your ethylene glycol and other chemical needs.

Ethylene glycol is available in pails, drums, totes, and bulk.

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