Safe and Sustainable Solvent Cleaning

At Univar Solutions, we pride ourselves on supplying safe and sustainable solutions to our customers. That is why we chose the SAFE-TAINER™ System from SAFECHEM.


Quality is the foundation stone of our pyramid of values. First of all, because we serve very demanding industries. Like the aerospace industry, where quality is synonymous with passenger safety, the automotive industry, where quality is key for profitability, or luxury brands where it means reputation… And secondly, in order to gain the long-term trust of our customers, there can be no compromise on the quality of our products and services.

The SAFE-TAINER™ System provides a safe, state-of-the-art delivery method for solvent-based closed cleaning machines used in industrial metal cleaning.

Developed by SAFECHEM it is considered to be the Best Available Technology for safe and sustainable transport, storage, and handling of solvents.

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    How it works

    The SAFE-TAINER™ System consists of two different containers that are designed for their respective purpose. One container holds a supply of fresh solvent that is drawn into the cleaning system; the other is empty and collects the old, used solvent. Each container contains a drum with a capacity of 216.5 litres.

    This solution allows the safe transfer of fresh material and allows the user to safely return the used solvent to be recovered in an accredited professional recycling facility.

    Chlorinated Solvents

    Cleaning and degreasing metal components for applications such as precision engineering is a quality-critical step in the manufacturing process.


    DOWPER™* MC (Perchloroethylene Solvent) 

    Is a specially developed perchloroethylene solvent that is 99.95% pure and virgin. Due to its efficient and non-flammable and easy recycling characteristics, it is classed as the benchmark solvent for surface cleaning and degreasing. 

    DOWCLENE™* 16 Series (Modified Alcohol Solvents)

    DOWCLENE™* 16 Series is a range of Modified Alcohol Solvents that have non-polar and polar properties. They are suited to removing a variety of contaminants in applications, they are widely used across Aviation, Automotive, Medical Device sectors and supply chains.




    Service Elements

    During the cleaning process, the solvents can become contaminated due to cooling lubricants, oils and greases as well as their decomposition products. Using MAXICHECK™ Test Kits and MAXISTAB™ stabiliser Solvent Additives are used to guarantee the effectiveness of the cleaning machine and extend the life of the solvent.

    When using DOWPER™ products it is sometimes necessary to use the MAXISTAB™ Stabiliser to prevent rapid solvent degradation.

    CHEMAWARE™ Solvents Training

    You and your staff must fully understand how to use and handle the solvents used in the SAFE-TAINER™ System. Univar and SAFECHEM can provide comprehensive in-house training for the safe handling and using solvents.

    Each training is specific to the chemical in use and is available at the customer's facility for up to 20 attendees. Items covered by the training include:

    • Introduction of Industrial Parts Cleaning
    • Best Available Technology
    • Safe Handling of Solvents - Hazard vs. Risk
    • Legislation
    • Solvent Maintenance & Process Optimisation
    CHEMAWARE Lab Services
    In most cases, fast on-site solvent tests will provide adequate information for re-stabilisation. However, it is also beneficial to carry out a Solvent Analysis and or an Oil Compatibility Test using the CHEMAWARE lab services.
    Chlorinated Solvents and Alcohols
    Univar and SAFECHEM can provide consultation on all issues related to the use of chlorinated solvents and modified alcohols, from handling practices to the optimisation of the cleaning process or implementation of new solvents and cleaning solutions.

    COMPLEASE™ Chemical Leasing

    COMPLEASE™ Chemical Leasing by SAFECHEM provides a personalised package that allows you to do less for more parts cleaning and covers several tasks involved in parts cleaning. From supplying you with the necessary chemicals, supporting you to improve cleaning results and optimise your consumption, to taking care of waste management and even including bath changes. All this is for a fixed monthly rate.
    How it works

    With COMPLEASE™ you don't buy solvents anymore - you buy a personalised performance package that leaves nearly all the administration work to us. It is an innovative business model that enables you to choose a cost-transparent and economically valuable combination.

    By using COMPLEASE™ you pay a fixed monthly payment tailored to your usage needs and covers the cost and delivery of all solvents, as well as the collection and disposal of the used solvents.

    Case Studies

    Better Cleaning Quality While Lowering Costs
    Contact Parts Cleanin: Fine Cleaning with a robust process for VIA
    Aerospace: Emission-Free parts cleaning with 90% less solvent consumption for BAE Systems