Brenntag EMEA: Safe metal IBCs for flammable liquids

Engineers testing recording liquid in beaker gas plant

Selecting suitable containers – known as intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) – is key for the process safety for flammable liquids. While these liquids are filled in metal IBCs as standard practice in many countries, special plastic IBCs are also permitted in Europe and are widely used in the industry. Several years ago, Brenntag decided to use only metal IBCs for non-conductible flammable liquids in Europe, as we consider them to be safer. Even though these IBCs are associated with higher costs and increased logistics, prompting concerns among some customers, we completed the transition phase in 2017 with the exception of a small number of countries. Plastic IBCs may now only be used for these liquids in exceptional circumstances where there is a reason for doing so.

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