Borosilicate glass is the foundation for all heat-resistant glass applications and the myriad of products they make possible—from halogen lightbulbs to liquid crystal displays.
Many different borates can be used to produce laundry detergents, household or industrial cleaners, and personal care products.
Cellulose, the basis of wood, cotton, and most other plant-derived raw materials, is in widespread industrial use. It is inherently flammable in many of its forms—paper being a typical example.
Boric oxide, added as borates, is important in glass technology because it brings combinations of properties that would be either technically impossible or prohibitively expensive to achieve in other ways.
In glazes, boric oxide reduces melting temperature and improves glaze/body fit. It enhances glaze appearance and can improve chemical and mechanical durability.
Gypsum board is widely used for internal walls and ceilings by the construction industry, and is a material of growing importance in the do-it-yourself sector.
Borates are well established and widely used in the manufacture of industrial fluids such as antifreezes, lubricants, brake fluids, metalworking fluids, water treatment chemicals and fuel additives.
Borates are used in the production of steel and non-ferrous metals, alloys, rare earth magnets, amorphous metals, welding fluxes and plating compounds.
Starch is a natural polymeric product and is found in almost every plant. Today, the principal sources of most commercial starches are maize, potato, tapioca and wheat.
Sometimes, a sticky situation is exactly where you want to be. That’s definitely the case when adhesives are a part of your product or manufacturing process. And, borates have a long history as a go-to additive for improved adhesive properties in the formulation of starch-based adhesives.
Optibor is a pure, multifunctional source of boric oxide. Apart from borax pentahydrate, they are the most widely used industrial borate.
A free-flowing, white crystalline product manufactured in France by Borax Francais S.A.S. to conform to the current edition of the European Pharmacopeia.