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Innovative bottle design improves air quality in workshops

03 May 2017

A British-manufactured engine care product will now be sold in bottles using new technology designed specifically to eliminate volume evaporation and odour leakage.

As anyone who’s ever spent any time in a garage or workshop will know, there is a distinct, almost nostalgic aroma found in the air. Whilst this chemically-induced ambience is pleasurable for many, it may also be evidence that a certain amount of product is escaping from the bottles and barrels keeping the contents safe, and evaporating, quite literally, into thin air. Ultimately, this is something that can have a negative impact on a business’s bottom line.

To combat this elusive evaporation conundrum, Cataclean has invested £30,000 to redesign its bottles in order to eliminate any taint or undesired volume loss. 

Cataclean, which is manufactured in Liverpool and sold in over 15 countries worldwide, contains solvents that break down deposits in fuel delivery systems formed by oxidation and polymerisation of hydrocarbon. The result is an increase in the catalyst’s ability to remove harmful exhaust emissions and prevent the DPF from clogging.

Whilst developing its 3L and 5L Work Shop bottles in 2015, the team at Cataclean identified the new coextruded bottle technology. Confident that this technology would offer the solution to the common evaporation issue experienced with many bottled products, Cataclean approached distributor, Nexus Packaging, and discussed the possibility of developing a standard-size COEX bottle (500ml) that could be used across all markets. 

The new COEX bottles are stronger and lighter than the previous model, with an improved three-layer design and Polyamide 6 barrier-layer to eliminate any potential evaporation. The new bottle has been certified for group II SG 1.2 freestanding approval making it unique in the automotive sector. Cataclean has registered the design for both the new bottle and tooling. 

The project took the team around nine months to complete and the new COEX bottles are now sourced from a supplier in France. Cataclean sales have grown steadily since the company began production in 1995, now selling many millions of bottles worldwide. Cataclean has proved so effective that it is also carried by all 1,400 RAC patrol vehicles. 

By constantly looking for new ways to design and innovate its product, Cataclean has come up with a solution not only to combat poor air quality at the roadside but also improve the air quality on the workshop floor too. For more information on Cataclean visit

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