PROGRAM MANAGER: Steve Groves
OPPORTUNITY: Supply Agreement
Phase 1 – Testing of samples from shortlisted solution providers: Q2 2017
Phase 2 – Supply agreement for solvent to go into production devices
Supply agreement for approx. 200 tonnes/annum of solvent
REQ8339580 Response Form
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a manufacturer of air freshener products, invites proposals for a volatile solvent suitable for use in vaporizing an active ingredient into the atmosphere. The solvent must be non-hazardous so that safety hazard warnings are not required.
Our client manufactures diffusers for a consumer to use in a home environment. The products operate by heating and vaporizing a solvent that contains an active ingredient, so that the ingredient diffuses at a slow rate into the atmosphere.
The solvent currently used is an isoparaffin, which performs well for the application. However, due to a change in CLP regulations, the solvent was re-classified as an Aspiration toxicant: Category 1. Consequently, it was necessary to change the product packaging for the products that contained the solvent, so that it featured a H304 hazard statement (“May be fatal if swallowed or enters airways”), a signal word (“Danger”) and a health hazard pictogram.
The presence of the health warning and pictogram on the packaging and documentation leads to safety concerns for potential purchasers and users of the product and acts as a deterrent to purchase. Our client therefore seeks an alternative solvent that will work as effectively as the isoparaffin currently used, but does not require either a health warning or pictogram to be displayed.
The client is seeking a solution provider that can provide not just a suitable alternative solvent, but also applications support in the form of samples for testing and the ability to answer technical questions related to the client’s application.
Anticipated Project Phases
Phase 1 – Testing of samples from shortlisted supplier(s) Phase 2 – Supply agreement for the selected solvent to be used in production units
Criteria for moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
The client will evaluate the proposed solvent (using the sample provided) for compatibility with the active ingredients and performance in the diffuser
The successful technology will:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
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