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Environmentally responsible solvent cleaning with trichloroethylene
The Swiss Army Knife’s secret of success has been uncompromising quality for more than 125 years. This also includes cleaning the numerous elements making up the world famous red Swiss Army Knives. VICTORINOX AG uses trichloroethylene with the best available technology (BAT) to do this and as a result facilitates using the solvent in a way that is environmentally responsible and process-safe.

At its location in Ibach VICTORINOX produces about 28,000 Swiss Army Knives in 100 versions daily. Besides that the legendary Swiss Army Knife is included by New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the State Museum for Applied Art in Munich in the collection “Good Design”, 32,000 other pocket tools and about 60,000 knives for household and work use are produced daily. The highest quality and environ- mental protection standards apply here or as company head Carl Elsener puts it, “Our recipe for success is very simple: we pay attention to every detail.”

High demands on component cleaning
This also applies to cleaning the knife blades and other functional elements made out of special high alloy stainless steel. The first cleaning step occurs after the punching. VICTORINOX launched the quality cleaning project together with Dow and SAFECHEM Europe back in 1993 to achieve reliable cleaning of the various punching oils. Various cleaning media were tested during a comprehensive evaluation phase. This revealed that efficient cleaning of the processing resi- dues from the many different components could only be achieved with the solvent trichloroethylene (TRI).

When an investment in a new cleaning system was due 15 years later, the biggest knife factory in Europe again conducted experiments with aqueous cleaners and other solvents. And again, TRI proved to be the medium that best met the high cleaning requirements.

Univar Specialty Consumables

We are a UK based distributor of high-quality industrial consumables from world-renowned brands. We are exclusive UK distributors of Molykote™ and channel partners for DOW®, 3M™ and SAFECHEM.

Our portfolio spans almost every industry from automotive to painting and decorating and we aim to provide a better solution for our customers.

We build our Services, Solutions and Technical Support around the needs of you, to keep you at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make.

Our journey began in 1880 when we were known as RW Greef. In 2008 we rebranded as Univar Plc and became known as Univar Specialty Consumables.

Since the business started over 130 years ago we have had one goal, to give you industry-leading service and technical support and to help you find the right solution. We continue to focus on this every day working with the biggest brands to ensure our staff have the best training on all our products and services. This helps us to give you the right product as quickly as possible.

We expand our product portfolio regularly by listening to customers’ needs and pain points. Our technical staff stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the biggest names in industrial and automotive manufacturing to better understand processes and product requirements to ensure we are always leading the way with new technologies and trends.

Serious about safety
Something we are very focused on is safety and standards. We have been ISO accredited or British Standard compliant as it was back then since the 1990’s. We are proud to say that we have a safety record that spans over a decade without a recordable injury. 

Delivering on our promises
We are a trusted partner to some of the biggest names industrial manufacturing who rely on accurate and punctual delivery of products when they need them otherwise it could stop the production line. These partnerships have lasted because we deliver on our promise to deliver your order on time and in full.

Our portfolio includes but is not limited to:

– Industrial lubricants from Castrol® and Molykote™

– Potting compounds and other electronic solutions from Dow®

– Silicone sealants and adhesives from Dowsil®

– Specialist and general-purpose tapes

– Abrasives

– Personal Protective Equipment

– Cleaning solutions and wipes

– Tools

– Protection materials


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