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Adhesives & Coatings
Boron compounds are used as a peptizing agent in the manufacture of casein-based and dextrin based adhesives to control the viscosity. Such starch-based adhesives are used to make corrugated cardboard. [more]
Boron is an essential micronutrient for growth and development of healthy plants. In small concentrations boron compounds are used as micronutrients in fertilizers, in large concentrations they are used as herbicides, algaecides and other pesticides. [more]
The purposes of borates in frit and glaze formulations include initial glass formation, viscosity reduction, lustre, improved chemical resistance, and thermal expansion management. Borates make tile bodies stronger. [more]
Boron compounds are used to manufacture sodium borohydrate (a hydrogen source in a new generation of fuel-cells), ferroborates, nickel borates, dyestuffs and numerous other chemical products. [more]
Boron is used as a cleaning and bleaching agent, as well as a germicide. It controls alkalinity of soaps and synthetic detergents, balances active oxygen, softens water, lowers the time and heat of the washing and prevents the corrosion of the metal/machine. [more]
Fiberglass & Specialty Glass
Boron is a powerful flux (reducing melting point, viscosity, thermal expanding coefficient; and increasing breakage index, transparency and brightness, and heat resistance), but also confers high chemical resistance for glasses in general. [more]
Boron is used in the preparation of fire retardant emulsion paints, to add fire resistance in paper. It is also used in all dry powder fire extinguishers. [more]
Boron is used in gypsum board to form a network that provides the matrix with structural integrity and rigidity. Its crosslinking action influences setting times important to operations and clean up. [more]
Oil & Gas Chemicals
Borates are added to drilling fluids to manage viscosity changes in shale gas wells. Other oil and gas drilling also use boron chemistry to optimize field drilling operations. [more]
There are over 300 widely diverse applications for boron products, from pharmaceuticals to nuclear reactions to photography. [more]
Most industrial applications require refined end-products of the crude mineral ores. In other sectors, boron minerals can be used as crude minerals that are minimally processed. Borates find use in over 300 applications, with the principal markets being: Glass; ceramics and frit; detergents and soaps; and agriculture.