More than three million tonnes of surfactants were produced in Western Europe in 2021.
The total turnover of the surfactants industry in Western Europe in 2021 was an estimated €4.4 billion.
CESIO was formed in 1974 to contribute to better understanding of surfactants and the many different ways in which they contribute to economic development and quality of life, and to address specific issues relating to human health and the environment in order to sustain their beneficial contribution to society.
Surfactants have a wide range of end-uses including in household detergents, personal care formulations, industrial and institutional washing and cleaning, as well as numerous technical applications in textiles, leather and paper treatment, agrochemicals, the metal, mining and oil industries, and in plastics, lubricants, paints and coatings.
CESIO develops scientific knowledge around the safe manufacture and use of surfactants in order to optimise the continued sustainability of the industry.
- Biodegradability, toxicity, water quality, health, classification and labelling
- Safe handling, transport and tariffs
- Promotion and development of standardised test methods
The work of the TRA Committee also helps CESIO members to comply with legislation impacting surfactant manufacturing, supply chain activity and relevant downstream industries.