Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of natural compounds with broad cross-market applicability. They are used as dyeing agents for textiles, flavour additives in the food and beverage sector, intermediates in organic synthesis of polyglycolic copolymers, and so on. But one of the most critical markets for α-hydroxy acids from a growth perspective is the [...]
Thioglycolic acid (TGA), also called mercaptoacetic acid, is an organic compound used in a wide variety of consumer and industrial applications. TGA and its derivatives are used in the production of hair care products, pharmaceuticals, epoxy resins and bisphenol A, and PVC stabilizers. Monochloroacetic Acid (MCA) and the Production of Thioglycolic Acid There are [...]
Procuring equipment, spare parts, raw materials, and delivering finished goods to the customer - the fine chemical manufacturing industry is dependent on the hard work and dedication of truck drivers, 3.5 million in the U.S. alone. These skilled men and women are vital to ensuring the safe and efficient transportation of goods critical to the [...]
Custom fine chemical manufacturing encompasses complex, multi-step synthesis of starting materials, intermediates and active ingredients for a wide variety of clients in many end markets. The scope of jobs within these value chains is practically limitless. The lure of big tech is intoxicating to most graduates and young professionals, so why consider a career in [...]
According to the latest data from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), only 1.5% of the global land used for agriculture is allocated to organic farming. However, there has been a 555% increase in organic farmland from 1999 to 2019, and 16 countries have a share of at least 10% of agricultural land being [...]
Agrochemicals are central components of modern agriculture, providing the means to improve nutrients in soils, combat pests, promote growth and prevent damage from fungi. They are subsequently implemented in all areas of the farming sector, from commercial planting to dairy farming, and at all scales, from subsistence to industrial agriculture. While agrochemicals are critical to [...]
The most successful businesses make contingencies for worst-case scenarios. Major supply chain disruptions, from labor shortages through to natural disasters, can dramatically impact production and reduce your capacity to fulfil contractual obligations. This is particularly prevalent in the fine chemicals industry with a supply chain comprised of numerous integral links (manufacturers, sales channel partners, etc.). [...]
Companies across the agrochemicals sector are familiar with market volatility, particularly in the years leading up to the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19. The ability to adapt and thrive in times of change has been demonstrated by this segment throughout the pandemic, now in its last phase. How the agrochemicals landscape looked before COVID-19 In July [...]
Sustainability is more than a buzzword; it is an acknowledgment of the responsibility of individuals and organizations to meet the needs of our society in a way that will ensure the long-term health of our planet. There is no single solution to this problem but rather it will take millions of positive choices that bring [...]
Addition and substitution are the two main types of halogenation reactions that predominate in modern industry. The former is best characterized by bromination reactions, where bromine reacts with an unsaturated molecule like ethylene. Substitution reactions can be exemplified by the reaction of chlorine with ethane or propane. This article will explore the role that halogenation [...]
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