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Unlocking Success in the Chemical Market

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The South African chemical market will grow in the coming years. Industrial growth, end-user demand, and chemical research and development are shaping the growth trajectory.

The chemical suppliers in South Africa are a large market, which should rise further due to increasing domestic consumption and exports. Rich mineral resources in South Africa support the chemical sector, which produces a wide range of chemicals.

In the forecast period, the industry is poised for significant growth, thanks to the increasing investment in chemical production facilities and the expansion of capacities by the leading chemical suppliers in South Africa. The market is expected to expand steadily, with a notable compound annual growth rate driven by demand from industries that depend on chemical inputs, like manufacturing, construction, and agriculture.

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Four top chemicals to ensure success in your business

1.    Caustic Soda

Caustic Soda is sodium hydroxide (NaOH), commonly called lye. This moniker comes from its chemical name, sodium hydrate, and its corrosiveness. Pure caustic soda is waxy and white, absorbing water to form aqueous solutions.

South African companies utilise it to make pulp and paper, textiles, drinking water, soap, detergents, and drain cleaner. It is available in two forms: caustic soda lye or caustic soda solids.

2.    Hydrochloric Acid

Hydrochloric Acid (HCI), or muriatic acid, is an aqueous solution of hydrogen chloride. The colourless, pungent-smelling solution is a powerful acid. HCI is essential to gastric acid in many animals, including humans. HCI is also a significant laboratory reagent and industrial chemical.

Hydrochloric Acid has several uses, including, the manufacturing of PVC, the removal of metal stains, the cleaning of swimming pools, the purification of table salt, the tanning of leather to prevent the growth of bacteria, the production of electric batteries, cleaning and disinfecting homes, to mention but a few.

3.    Ethanol 99.9%

The renewable biofuel ethanol is created from biomass. Various feedstocks are utilised to make this clear, colourless alcohol. Corn, sorghum, barley, sugar cane, and sugar beets are high-starch, sugar-rich feedstocks for fuel ethanol. Some grasses, trees, and agricultural and forestry leftovers can be used to make ethanol.

Yeast fermenting starch and sugars in corn, sugar cane, or sugar beets is a typical way to make ethanol, where the starch ferments into sugar and then alcohol.

It can also be produced by breaking down the cellulose in certain plant fibres. This cellulosic ethanol is widely considered an advanced biofuel that involves a more complex process than fermentation. It is commonly used in personal care products, household products, food additives and fuel.

4.    Sles 70%

Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate (SLES) is an anionic surfactant and the dominant surfactant in rinse-off products. It has several applications. Two active concentrations of SLES are commercially available: 28% and 70%. The latter is by far the more common. The emulsification and foam ability properties of SLES are well-known, and it also has great detergency. It is compatible with all surfactants (with the exception of cationic), which is a plus, and it is a key ingredient in rinse-off products.

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