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High-performance phosphate alternatives for automatic dishwashing

1. Corinna Boehme, Marketing Home Care, BASF Personal Care and Nutrition GmbH, Rheinpromenade 1, Monheim, Germany
2. Global Development Home Care, BASF SE, Carl-Bosch Straße 38, Ludwigshafen, Germany

KEYWORDS: Automatic Dishwashing, phosphate alternative, phosphate-ban, market trends, consumer.
The most important criteria of automatic dishwashing (ADW) detergents, according to consumer reports, are cleaning, filming, rinsing, and drying of cutlery and tableware. Today, there are many kinds of products on the market at a high-performance level fulfilling all those needs of the end-consumer. But these products are based on phosphate, which will be limited in 2017 by EU legislation. Methylglycinediacetic acid (MGDA), a strong and efficient chelating agent, offers properties to close the performance gap when replacing phosphates. MGDA (available under the trade name Trilon® M) secures t