Rivertop Renewables’ sodium glucarate achieves REACH registration

By Rivertop Renewables | June 16, 2017

Rivertop Renewables has announced that its innovative chemical, sodium glucarate, has achieved registration under the European Chemical Agency’s (ECHA) Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation. REACH registration opens the door for the commercial deployment of products derived from sodium glucarate in markets across Europe, including Waterline CI and Headwaters corrosion inhibitor and Rivertop’s Riose detergent builder.  

The registration confirms the health and safety characteristics of sodium glucarate for manufacturers, customers, regulators and NGOs in Europe. Sodium glucarate, based on glucaric acid, only recently became available in commercial quantities thanks to Rivertop’s breakthrough oxidation technology that can efficiently transform simple plant sugars into a variety of renewable chemicals with impressive cost and performance characteristics.

“We are very excited to be offering products made from sodium glucarate to European markets, where there is a growing demand for chemical ingredients that are safer and high-performing,” said Jason Kiely, sales director at Rivertop. “Our European customers are already beginning trials, and we look forward to the positive impact that sodium glucarate can make in such a large market.”

Following the REACH registration, two European customers of Rivertop are beginning trials of the company’s Waterline CI, a high-performing alternative to phosphorous-based corrosion inhibitors in the water treatment industry.

The registration will also make Rivertop’s Riose detergent builder available to European formulators. Riose is a sugar-derived chelant that meets high performance standards and enables a lower total cost of formulation for dishwasher and laundry detergents. Sodium glucarate is also a key ingredient in Rivertop’s Headwaters corrosion inhibitor, which protects vehicles and highway infrastructure from corrosion caused by salt brine used to de-ice winter roads.

Rivertop plans to develop additional applications for sodium glucarate in food and canning operations, marine corrosion, and rust removal.   

The REACH registration of sodium glucarate comes less than a year after the chemical became the first corrosion inhibitor to be listed on the U.S. EPA’s Safer Chemical Ingredients List, a key requirement of chemicals that are used to formulate products with the agency’s popular Safer Choice label. Sodium glucarate has also been found to meet health and safety standards under Environment Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan and is listed on the Non-Domestic Substance List.