Almost all 2-ethylhexanol produced is used as a precursor for the synthesis of diester bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), a plasticizer.


2-EH is a common ingredient in sunscreens (octocrylene) and also used in the production of 2,4-D (2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid), a common herbicide that selectively kills most broadleaf weeds.

2-ethylhexanol is primarily produced by the hydroformylation of propylene. This is normally done in a self-contained plant, or more commonly as the first step in a fully integrated plant that would also make n-butanol and isobutanol.

Examples of applications

Production of plasticizers such as diester bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)

Production of octocrylene

Production of 2,4-D

Used as a low volatility solvent

Used as an octane booster


  • Bulk in ocean vessels and barges
  • Bulk in rail tank cars
  • Bulk in road tank trucks
  • Bulk in isotank containers
  • Full dry van shipments of 80 drums or 20 IBC’s (by special request)

Other packaging solutions possible by agreement.


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