Sodium silicate becomes ‘killer app’ for old engines


Sales of most chemicals are down due to the recession. But US sodium silicate volumes could see a massive boost, according to the Wall Street Journal. The reason is that the government has mandated its use to destroy the engines of the old cars that it buys under the subsidy scheme.

Normally ‘liquid glass’, as it is otherwise known, is used to repair leaking gaskets. But now, mechanics around the US are apparently queuing up for the chance to “kill” the engines. The blog was intrigued to learn that older engines take longer to die – 1988 Dodge vans take 6 minutes, but a 1999 Jeep takes only 2 minutes.

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Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. Paul is also an invited member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months. It will try to look behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in important issues such as oil prices, economic growth and the environment. We may also have some fun, investigating a few of the more offbeat events that take place from time to time. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.


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