Borates by Use

Fundamental to Modern Living

Borates are an integral part of the natural world. Plants need borates to grow, and it seems people need them too. Not only as a nutritionally important part of their diet, but also as an essential ingredient in a dazzling array of the products that we use every day. Borates are important ingredients in a variety of household and commercial products, chief among them:

  • Insulation fiberglass, textile fiberglass and TFT/LCD heat-resistant glass (43% of world demand)
  • Detergents, soaps and personal care products (3% of world demand)
  • Ceramic and enamel frits and glazes, ceramic tile bodies (19% of world demand)
  • Agricultural micronutrients (10% of world demand)
  • Other uses including wood treatments, polymer additives and pest control products