What is ethanol?

Ethanol or ethyl alcohol is naturally produced by the fermentation of sugar or starch crops, i.e., sugar cane, sugar beet, corn, maize, wheat, or rye 

Markets and applications

The main two markets for ethanol in Europe are fuel ethanol and for industrial purposes. Industrial ethanol requires additional distillation and purification measures for the development of high-quality ethyl alcohol in strategic applications such as:

Pharmaceutical manufacture

Hand Sanitizers and surface disinfectants

Cosmetics and toiletries

Detergents and cleaning products



Printing inks

Paints and coatings

Screenwash and deicers for the automotive industry

Production of important chemical intermediates, such as for polymers and plastics

Vinegar Manufacture

Flavors manufacture

These downstream industries depend upon industrial ethanol to ensure safety, comfort, and convenience to consumers’ everyday lives.