A plasticiser is a substance which when added to a material, usually a plastic but also a paint or an adhesive, makes it flexible, resilient and easier to handle. Modern plasticisers are manmade organic chemicals; the majority of which are esters, such as adipates and phthalates. They are major components that determine the physical properties of polymer products. There are more than 300 different types of plasticisers, including chlorinated paraffins.

See the chlorinated paraffins page