AdBlue will contribute to a massive reduction in harmful nitrogen oxides and particulate matter

AdBlue will contribute to a massive reduction in harmful nitrogen oxides and particulate matter
Published: 30 May 2019 - 1:15 p.m.

UAE-based Trychem offers a wide range of chemical products and value added services such as bulk and packed storage, filling services (bulk, IBC, drums, cans, bags), and mixing and blending solutions, as well as technical support and services for various industries within the life science, environmental and material science sectors.

The company uses a bulk to bulk and bulk to break distribution model where all bulk cargo is stored at the company's bulk storage facility with a combined capacity of 10,000m3. Packed chemical products both in drums and bags are stored in warehouses which comply with stringent HSE international standards and are ISO and SQAS certified.

Alejandro Pattyn, CEO, Trychem, says: “As a distributor we are an important link between manufacturers and industrial users. Operating a safe and sustainable business are our top priorities.”

Trychem, previously known as ENOC Chemicals, was established in 1998 as part of the Emirates National Oil Company. In 2013, UAE-based Tristar, an Agility Group company, acquired ENOC’s chemical distribution business and rebranded it to Trychem LLC. In 2015, Germany-based Brenntag entered into a joint cooperation with 51% ownership in Trychem and Tristar holding the remaining 41%.

Brenntag is a global market leader in chemical distribution, managing complex supply chains for both chemical manufacturers and consumers by simplifying market access to a wide range of products and services. Brenntag operates a global network with more than 530 locations in 74 countries with over 10,000 products and a world-class supplier base, offering one-stop-shop solutions to around 185,000 customers. This includes specific application technology, an extensive technical support and value-added services such as just-in-time delivery, product mixing, formulation, repackaging, inventory management and drum return handling. With its global workforce of more than 15,000 employees, the company generated sales of $13.3 billion in 2017.

“At Brenntag, value-added services mean more than just offering our customers an extensive portfolio of chemical products. For us, chemical distribution is more than just delivering goods from A to B. Our range of products and service flexibility allow our customers services to focus entirely on their core businesses. That’s why Brenntag is the industry’s preferred channel for our partners to connect to markets, in line with our philosophy of ‘Connecting Chemistry," says Pattyn.

“Many chemical processing companies are seeking the possibility of creating and testing new compounds and formulations with the help of external expertise. Brenntag offers its own application laboratories around the world, staffed by technically qualified teams. Our focus industries are coatings & construction, oil & gas, polymers, cleaning, cosmetics, food, animal nutrition, pharma and water treatment,” he adds.


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Brenntag is a producer and supplier of AdBlue or diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) globally, offering a wide range of supply chain solutions and packages such as 10-litre cans for fuel service stations, 1,000-litre intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) with pumps, bulk installations for both home depots and public filling stations which are monitored with telemetry solutions. Brenntag started selling AdBlue in 2004 when the Euro IV legislation was introduced in Europe.

“The change in emission regulations has increased imports of Euro IV compliant engines. With the introduction of diesel engines that require AdBlue, there will be a massive reduction in harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). The exhaust gasses are treated in the exhaust pipe with AdBlue and converted in the catalyst into Nitrogen (N) and water (H2O). This system on a truck is called selective catalytic reduction (SCR),” says Pattyn.

“We have had AdBlue in our stocks for three years, but sales have been limited only to some stationary diesel engines which have been imported to the region and to ships which come to the port in Dubai. With change in emission regulations, diesel vehicles imported to the region will need to comply with the Euro IV standards. We understand from the market that most heavy-duty vehicles imported will meet the Euro V standard. As a result, all these vehicles will need to fill up with AdBlue in a small tank next to the diesel tank.

In Europe, Euro VI diesel cars also need AdBlue, but I believe this trend will not be adopted soon in this region, except for some pickup trucks. That said, off-road machinery, stationary diesel engines, buses and ships need AdBlue,” he adds.

Pattyn points out that fleet owners, typically, are informed by the OEM dealership when they pick up their first Euro IV or V truck that they need to fill it up with AdBlue. One of the challenges in a new or emerging market is that end users do not really know where to get it or how to use AdBlue.

“A heavy-duty truck has on average an 80-litre tank for AdBlue which lasts for roughly 4,800 km; filling this up with 10-litre cans is not very economical. This is where we come in. In emerging markets where each fleet will have only a couple of trucks which needs AdBlue, the best solution is to buy AdBlue in 1,000-litre returnable IBCs, which will be much better priced compared to cans and lasts for roughly 60,000 km. The only investment required would be for the AdBlue pump to be mounted on the IBC,” says Pattyn.

“For larger fleets that seek long-term options, we offer bulk solutions with telemetry systems ranging from indoor standard bulk systems up to outdoor fully loaded bulk systems including hose reel, cooling, liter counter, POS-connection, overfill prevention and more. We have 14 years of experience with AdBlue IBC pumps and bulk systems, and through trial and error, we know the best price-quality combination that we can offer to the market,” he adds.

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