Cellulose ether is a chemical compound derived from the naturally occurring polymer found in plant cell walls and is widely used in various industries due to its versatile properties. This compound is the result of a chemical modification process of cellulose, which enhances its properties and functionality.

Versatile Properties of Cellulose Ether

Cellulose ethers can act as thickeners, stabilisers, film-formers, binders, dispersants, and water-retention agents. These compounds can enhance the viscosity and stability of liquid formulations, decrease the slump in tile adhesives, improve texture and consistency, control the release of active ingredients, and contribute to improved performance and durability.

Bisley’s Range of Cellulose Ethers

The Bisley cellulose ether range is comprehensive, featuring three primary types: Methyl Hydroxy Ethyl Cellulose (MHEC), Methyl Hydroxy Propyl Cellulose (MHPC), and Hydroxy Ethyl Cellulose (HEC). Available in both modified and unmodified grades, these cellulose ethers are utilised as thickening agents, water retainers, rheology modifiers, and anti-slip additives, offering numerous benefits across various industries.

Applications in the Construction Industry

One of the primary applications of cellulose ethers is in the construction industry. When used in cementitious tile adhesives, Bisley cellulose ethers enhance water retention, contribute to strength development, improve slip resistance, extend open time, and enhance wetting ability. For tile grouts, play a pivotal role in enhancing water retention, and workability, aiding in strength development, and reducing the risk of cracking.

Floor Levelling and Renders

In floor levelling applications, Bisley cellulose ethers are a critical part of the formulation. They help in reducing segregation and sedimentation while maintaining the desired flowability of the material during application. For renders and skim coats, these cellulose ethers are crucial in improving water retention, working time, workability, and the quality of the cured surface.

Gypsum-based Materials and Emulsion Systems

Gypsum-based building materials benefit significantly from the inclusion of Bisley cellulose ethers. They prevent lumping and simultaneously improve water retention, working time, and workability. In emulsion-based systems, these cellulose ethers act as thickeners, enhancing water retention, workability, and adhesion properties.

Paints and Coatings

In Paints and Coatings, Bisley cellulose ethers also play a critical part of the formulation as effective thickeners, enhancing rheology, reducing roller splatter, and minimising sedimentation.


In conclusion, the Bisley cellulose ether range, with its MHEC, MHPC, and HEC varieties, offers numerous benefits and improvements by enhancing the performance and characteristics of the final product. For those in the market for high-quality cellulose ethers, the Bisley range can meet your requirements.We supply a comprehensive range of products tailored to meet your specific needs. Browse our product range today. .

Please note, not all products are available in all regions, please check with the local Bisley office for your requirements.