Paraffin waxes are classified according to oil content, melting point, and the amount of processing put in. At the simplest level, Slack Wax, a by-product of base oil refining, is the feedstock from which different grades of more sophisticated waxes are produced. Fully-refined waxes are white, odourless and tasteless, and have less than 1% oil content. They are widely used for candle making and in the packaging industry as wax coatings for paper, film and foil substrates including corrugated board, cups and container. Waxes are marketed in either liquid or solid state.

Common uses are for corrugated boxes, waxed papers, frozen food cartons and wrappers, paper cups, candles, cosmetics, rubber antioxidants, lumber end seal, adhesives, protective coatings, food additives, cheese dipping, crayons, moisture barriers, polishes, modelling clay, plus many others.

ICIS pricing quotes Paraffin Wax in EuropeAsia-Pacific and the US Gulf.

To find out more Paraffin Wax Methodology November 2012

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