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11 Fantastic uses of Soda Ash

Soda ash is also known as Sodium Carbonate, it is a white, anhydrous, odourless powder. It is non-toxic and non-flammable, thus it is safe to use and even kept in the household.  It has been used in ancient Egyptian times in the making of glass ornaments and vessels. The Romans also used soda ash for

Growing Tartaric Acid Market Demand

Tartaric acid exists naturally in plants, particularly grapes, bananas, and tamarinds. Naturally occurring tartaric acid is chiral, meaning it has molecules that are not superimposable on their mirror images. It is a useful raw material in organic chemistry for the synthesis of other chiral molecules. The naturally occurring form of the acid is L-(+)-tartaric acid

Skins for Leather

For this week’s discussion, we are going to talk about the skins used in leather production. There are as many leathers as there are animals with skin. Each of the skin have different applications based on their properties. Lambskin leather, for example, is softer  than cowhide leather and mostly used for casual wear rather than

Paper industry in India

India’s first machine-made paper was produced in 1812. At that time, there were only 15 mills, producing mainly newsprints. Since then, the Indian paper market has evolved from only newsprints to a diversified and specialized industry that produces many types of papers for various uses. The current India paper industry is growing in such a

Case study: Detergent Market in South Africa

The detergent market in Africa is on the rise, with multinational companies looking to enter this emerging market. Rapid urbanisation in South Africa has led to increase in demand within the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. GDP growth in South Africa is expected to grow as below: 2015 2016* 2017* 2018* 2019* 2% 2.1% 2.2%

Waste water Management in Saudi Arabia

In the 2016 Top Markets Study (TMS), conducted by the U.S. International Trade Administration, Saudi Arabia ranks 6th for overall environmental technologies and it also ranks 5th in the global wastewater treatment market. This highlights the importance of water and wastewater technology in Saudi Arabia’s hot and dry climate. Its 10th Development Plan (2015- 2019)

Diversion of Crude Tall Oil (CTO) as a biofuel feedstock

Biofuel production has long been shrouded with controversy, especially over the appropriateness of its feedstock. One ongoing debate is the usage of edible crops as feedstock that has resulted in unintended consequences such as a rise in food prices. One solution proposed by many is the use of wood-based biomass as biofuel feedstock. However, this

The first surfactant introduced for an environmental cause – LABSA / LAS

Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonic Acid (LABSA), is the world’s most widely used synthetic detergent surfactant. Its salt, Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonates (LAS) serves the same purpose. They were developed as a replacement for the previously widely used detergent surfactant, the highly branched Alkylbenzene Sulfonates. LABSA became the first surfactant that was introduced to improve the environment problems

Business Insights of the Dicalcium Phosphate Market

Dicalcium phosphate is another example of leavening agent and a source of calcium enrichment which is widely used in the baking industry. It is also coded as E341 in some food packagings. It is very slow to react and commonly combined with faster reacting leavening agents such as baking soda. During the baking process, it

Choosing between Real and Fake Leather

The demand for leather is always high. A wide versatility of it makes them greatly requested for different applications in life. The high demand, however, makes the leather price high and unaffordable. People then started to crave for a solution that can follow their financial power. Fortunately, with the birth of synthetic leather, this wish

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