Wax emulsions offer good end-use options

15 November 2013 19:45  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Wax emulsions offer good end-use options, industry participants pointed out at the American Fuel & Petrochemical (AFPM) Lubricants & Waxes conference on Friday.

“Wax emulsions are a good option because they can be used in a number of end-uses and help in handling and storing waxes,” one speaker commented.

Wax emulsion end-uses include construction items such as oriented-strand boards, fibre boards, particle boards and even concrete, the wax expert said.

Wax types can range from animal sources such as beeswax and tallow to vegetable sources such as palm and soy waxes to niche petroleum waxes such as micro-waxes and montans.

Montan waxes are esters from certain acids and are produced from lignite – one of a number of niche waxes.

Emulsification brings about a homogeneous mixture of two basically immiscible liquids – the wax and water – to form a product that can work well to enhance the performance of the wax portion, sources said.

The benefits in using emulsified waxes also include improving desired viscosity and pH (acid-base scaled indicator), as well as the shear stability of the wax.

The conference ended on Friday.

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