What is HF?

Hydrogen fluoride (HF), better known as hydrofluoric acid, is one of the basic
raw materials for a wide variety of both commercial and industrial products.

The main application for hydrogen fluoride is in the manufacture of
fluorocarbons. Around 60% of HF manufactured world-wide is used in this

Additionally hydrogen fluoride is widely used in electronics, the metallurgical
industry, petroleum production, pharmaceuticalsagrochemicals and 
crop protection, consumer products, detergents, crystal glass and ceramics.


It is produced by reacting a naturally occurring mineral, fluorspar, with sulphuric acid. HF is a strong corrosive acid which must be handled with extreme caution. Safety is therefore the primary concern of both producers and users.

The major activity of Eurofluor (CTEF) has been the issuance of recommendations on the safe handling of hydrofluoric acid during production, storage, transportation and use.


The socio-economic importance of the fluorine industry

In 2015, European hydrofluoric acid production reached 232,000 tonnes with a value estimated around 270 million EUR.

Around three hundred people are directly employed at nine HF production sites in four European countries. It is estimated that the total number of jobs related to the fluorine industry, including downstream products, amounts to more than 50,000.

Quotation: Safety is the major concern for both producers and users