We have a long standing history within the chemical industry and have been supplying naturally derived chemicals for over 80 years. Our range of oleochemicals are derived from natural, renewable and sustainable sources.
Due to the nature of these products they can be used across a large number of different industries, helping to reduce their reliance on petrochemically derived products and so the impact on the environment. The portfolio includes:
• distilled and partly hardened fatty acids
• polymerised fatty acids
• oleic acids, isostearic acid
• stearic fatty acids
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Fatty acids & base oleochemicals
Our fatty acids have a wide range of applications in consumer and industrial markets. These chemicals play a large role in helping to improve environmental sustainability due to being sourced from plant and animal fats.
The fatty acid and base oleochemicals that we offer are listed below. They are generally liquids or soft solids designed for various applications and contain a mixed composition of acids reflecting the parent oil or fat.
Our distilled fatty acids are important raw materials for the production of soaps, detergents, surfactants and lubricants, as well as providing the source raw materials for oleines, stearines, dimer acids, fractionated fatty acids and others. In the production of soaps and detergents, blends of distilled fatty acids are used to optimise properties such as lather generation (quality and quantity), dissolution rate and viscosity. Polyunsaturated fatty acids, derived from soft oils such as sunflower and soya, react with air to form a film or coating; for this reason, they are used in the production of paints, inks, and special surface cleaning soaps.
Glycerine is a raw material for the manufacture of many different types of chemical intermediate, including solvents, plasticisers and surfactants. The water-binding tendency of glycerine is exploited in the preparation of anti-static and anti-fogging additives. In foods and beverages, glycerine functions variously as a humectant, solvent, preservative and sweetener.
Isostearic acid is used in applications which require a liquid fatty acid with exceptional stability: thermal stability in the case of a lubricant, odour stability for a cosmetic formulation, and oxidation stability for products with long shelf-life requirements. The branching structure of isostearic acid also enhances its dispersing power, and it is used in cosmetic and industrial applications for the stabilisation of pigments and mineral particles in oils and solvents. Stearic acids (more correctly 'stearines', technical mixtures of stearic and palmitic acid) are fatty acids in which the unsaturation has been completely removed by separation and/or hydrogenation.This results in a hard material with an increased melting point and excellent stability to heat and air. Stearines are used in the production of candles, soaps, rubber compounds and food ingredients. Long-chain stearines contain a proportion of higher chain acids; this enhances important properties such as lubricity, oil solubility and water-resistance.
Oleines are liquid fatty acids in which the main component is oleic acid. They have excellent liquidity and friction properties, as do many of their derivatives. The long fatty chain of oleines gives a water-resisting barrier, which is a property exploited in applications as diverse as concrete additives, leather treatments and skin creams. Oleines and its derivatives are used in the formulation of cosmetics, detergents and lubricants, and in the production of intermediates such as surfactants, solvents and fine chemicals.
Partially-hardened fatty acids are sometimes specified when a softer but stable product is required; the part-hardening process improves the colour and stability of the parent acid. An additional effect is to reduce the level of reactive polyunsaturated fatty acids, which makes the fatty acid more stable to oxidation and chemical attack. A major application of partially-hardened fatty acids is in the production of fabric softeners for household detergents and textiles.
Polymerised fatty acids are produced from coupling reactions of unsaturated fatty acids, resulting in products with two acid groups (so-called “dimer acids” ) or three acid groups ( “trimer acids”). Due to this multifunctionality, they are important raw materials in the production of speciality polymers, where they impart or enhance a number of properties; Hydrolytic stability, chemical resistance, water repellency, balance of hardness and flexibility, impact strength, heat resistance, flow and wetting properties as well as oil and solvent solubility
Stearic acids (more correctly 'stearines', technical mixtures of stearic and palmitic acid) are fatty acids in which the unsaturation has been completely removed by separation and/or hydrogenation.This results in a hard material with an increased melting point and excellent stability to heat and air. Stearines are used in the production of candles, soaps, rubber compounds and food ingredients. Long-chain stearines contain a proportion of higher chain acids; this enhances important properties such as lubricity, oil solubility and water-resistance.