StructureEthylene glycol m-tolyl ether (EGTE)
CAS No. 54914-85-1
EC No. 402-730-9
Synonyms 1.2-Bis(3-methylphenoxy)ethane; BMPE; 1,2-Bis-(m-tolyloxy)-ethane; 1-Methyl-3-[2-(3-methylphenoxy)-ethoxy]-benzene; 1,1'-[1,2-Ethanediylbis-(oxy)]-bis-(3-methylbenzene); 1,1'-(Ethylenedioxy)-bis-(m-toluene)

Ethylene glycol m-tolyl ether (EGTE)

​Ethylene glycol m-tolyl ether (EGTE) is a sensitizer for thermal paper coatings.

EGTE technically it is one of the best sensitizer available.

Sensitizers are substances that are incorporated into the thermal layer to improve the thermal response of the paper. They lower the energy input requirement and thus facilitate high speed printing. Sensitizers are low melting substances, typically melting in the temperature range 90-100°C. Upon melting, the sensitizer dissolves together the color former and color developer to produce the thermal image.


  • EGTE can be applied in the conventional way as a sensitizer by the application of an aqueous coating composition to a pre-coated base paper followed by drying and calendaring.
  • The coating composition will also contain appropriate amounts of various additives including for example color former and color developer.

It is most commonly used in combination with WinCon-2.


  • Can be used with most color former / color developer combinations

Shelf Life

Under proper storage conditions, the shelf life is 12 months.

Health & Safety

Detailed information on the product described can be found in our relevant Health and Safety Information (Material Safety Data Sheet)