Phosphoric & Phosphates Fueled by Rising Food Demand

November 30, 2022 A significant milestone was reached in recent weeks. The total world population passed 8 billion people. We’ve come a long way since 1980, when the total world population was just over 4 billion people. As world population growth accelerates, demand for food increases as well. Where there is demand for food, there […]

Caustic Soda vs Soda Ash: A Base-ic Comparison

Caustic Soda (also known as Sodium Hydroxide) and Soda Ash (also known as Sodium Carbonate) are both bases. This means they have a high pH. They may be a useful source of alkalinity in a wide variety of industrial applications such as pulp and paper, water treatment, detergent and soap production, and pH adjustment. If […]

Cleaning with Bleach? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Bleach, also known as Sodium Hypochlorite, is a widely known and used chemical product, both in the home and in industrial applications. It is known for its ability to disinfect, remove mold and mildew, and remove many types of stains. It is a wonderfully useful product when used correctly. If you’re thinking about cleaning with […]

Chlor-Alkali Production Curbed by Capacity Rationalization

October 11, 2022 Production levels of Chlor-Alkali chemicals (Caustic Soda, Chlorine, Sodium Hypochlorite, and Hydrochloric Acid) were near normal at the start of 2022. As the year has progressed, however, markets have seen a steady round of increases as multiple producers have shuttered thousands of tons of capacity. Margin erosion is a primary motivator for […]

Update: Rail Strike Averted

September 16, 2022 Fortunately for our nation’s economy, the rail strike has been averted. Learn more in this article by Forbes: Rail Strike Averted After White House Brokers ‘Tentative’ Deal—Here’s What You Need To Know

CCI Supply Chains + Possible Rail Strike = ?

September 14, 2022 As many have seen on the news, there is a possibility of a national rail strike. If the negotiating parties are not able to reach an agreement or the government does not intervene, the strike would take effect beginning at 12:00am Friday, September 16. If a strike occurs, this would be the […]

Ethylene Glycol / Water Mixture Properties

Ethylene Glycol / Water Mixture Properties Mixtures of Ethylene Glycol and water are commonly used as an antifreeze or heat transfer fluid, such as in our GlycoChill+ E-series Heat Transfer Fluids. Here are the chemical and physical properties of Ethylene Glycol/water mixtures.   Appearance / Odor Ethylene Glycol and water are both naturally clear and […]

Safe Handling Guide: Sulfuric Acid

Sulfuric Acid is a highly corrosive liquid mineral acid. Proper safety training, as well as a strong awareness of the inherent dangers of the chemical, are essential to those who work with it. Our Safe Handling Guide provides an overview of the essentials of Sulfuric Acid safety. About Sulfuric Acid  Sulfuric Acid is a very […]

Solvents Soften in Wake of Propylene Headwinds

July 15, 2022 Acetone and Isopropyl Alcohol, two major commodity solvents, are softening due to market shifts with feedstock propylene. A by-product of crude oil and natural gas refining, propylene is experiencing both an increase in supply and simultaneously a decrease in demand. Propylene can be derived from various intermediates, such as ethane, butane, or […]

Cleaning with Citric Acid? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Citric Acid is a common ingredient that is found in a wide variety of consumer products, including cleaning products, food, etc. Besides its many uses as an ingredient, it can also be very useful on its own for certain cleaning applications. It is found naturally in citrus fruit juices (E.g. lemon juice) and is also […]