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MilliporeSigma Partners with Topco for Greener Manufacturing

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Taipei, Taiwan, May 4, 2021 — MilliporeSigma today announced a partnership with Topco Scientific Co. (TSC), a leading semiconductor supplier in Taiwan, to increase the use of more sustainable materials for the electronics industry.

TSC will promote the biorenewable Cyrene™ solvent and ECOSURF™ and TERGITOL™ biodegradable greener surfactants from MilliporeSigma’s portfolio to facilitate the green manufacturing transformation of the electronics industry in Taiwan. The partnership aims to increase workplace safety and decrease environmental impact and waste disposal, without compromising material quality.

“At MilliporeSigma, scientific progress and responsible entrepreneurship go hand in hand, enabling us to create a sustainable future for everyone,” said Wesley Chen, general manager, Life Science, at MilliporeSigma in Taiwan. “TSC’s extensive experience in green technology, combined with MilliporeSigma’s success in developing industry-leading alternatives, will contribute to a greener electronics industry.”

MilliporeSigma offers more than 1,100 greener alternative products to help customers reduce the environmental impact of their work—including more than 600 products that demonstrate one or more characteristics that align with the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. Products under MilliporeSigma’s 12 Principles Aligned category lower toxicity and waste, reduce energy consumption, or are biorenewable or biodegradable. These activities support the company’s commitment to integrate sustainability into all value chains by 2030, as outlined in its sustainability strategy.

In 2019, MilliporeSigma added to its portfolio Cyrene™ solvent, a novel bio-based solvent with a lower toxicity rate than traditional fossil fuel-based solvents. In addition, the MilliporeSigma solvent’s manufacturing process requires significantly less resource consumption, with 99 percent of the solvent decomposing into carbon dioxide and water after 28 days. Compared with traditional fossil-derived solvents — such as Dimethylformamide and N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone, which are under increasing regulatory restrictions due to their toxicity — Cyrene™ solvent is distinctly safer and more sustainable and yields superior performance in some applications.

MilliporeSigma’s portfolio also includes ECOSURF™ and TERGITOL™ biodegradable surfactants, which do not contain octylphenol ethoxylates or nonylphenol ethoxylates toxins and fully comply with the European Chemicals Agency’s REACH Regulations. More than 60 percent of biodegradable surfactants decompose in about 28 days. These products also decompose into environmentally friendly components, and its manufacturing process furthermore critically reduces water pollution.

“TSC has been deeply involved in the semiconductor industry for more than 30 years, providing customers with the best products and technologies. As green energy and sustainability become increasingly important, environmentally friendly materials and technology are at the forefront of TSC’s mission,” said Lee Zheng-Rong (李正榮), CEO of TSC. “Through this partnership, we hope to provide our customers with brand-new green options that are both high-quality and protect the sustainability of our environment.”

About the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany 

The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, has more than 23,000 employees and 59 manufacturing sites worldwide, with a portfolio of more than 300,000 products focused on scientific discovery, biomanufacturing and testing services. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and electronics.

Around 58,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene-editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2020, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany generated sales of € 17.5 billion in 66 countries.

The company holds the global rights to the name and trademark “Merck” internationally. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany operate as EMD Serono in healthcare, MilliporeSigma in life science, and EMD Electronics. Since its founding 1668, scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to the company’s technological and scientific advances. To this day, the founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company. For more information about Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, visit

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