Soda Ash Use in Industries
There is hardly an industry today where soda ash or sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) is not used for some purpose or other. It has been and continues to be one of the key materials in manufacturing industries for over thousand years by now. In ancient times, the Egyptians manufactured glass containers using soda ash nearly 3500 years ago and it has been in use in all the contemporary civilizations. Soda ash is also called simply as soda.
Industries Where Most Tenders Originate
Most of the soda ash tenders originate in the following industries.
- Glass industry is the largest originator of soda ash tenders since nearly 30% of the soda ash shipments are used for different types of glass productions. Such productions include mirrors, flat glasses, bottles, jars, insulations, lighting bulbs, television, glassware, as well as lab-ware. Since most of the glasses that are manufactured are soda-lime-silica types, soda ash is essential for glass since it reduces the furnace temperature that is necessary for melting silica and makes glass production energy efficient. However, most of the glass industry related soda ash tenders are for dense soda ash.
- Chemical industry is another major user of soda ash and many soda ash tenders originate from this area. Around 15%-20% demands for the soda ash comes from the chemical industries since soda ash is used for production of sodium phosphates, chrome chemicals, sodium silicates, as well as photographic chemicals. Sometimes the component is also used for production of sodium bicarbonate that is commonly used for beverages, food, detergents, coatings, dialysis, and in various other products relating to personal care. Tenders could be for soda ash or caustic soda as they are interchangeable.
- Soaps and detergents industry is the third largest user of soda ash and generate substantial amount of soda ash tenders. Soda ash functions as the basic component in soap and detergent manufacturing and it is also used for wash water, agglomerating aids, surfactants and adds alkalinity for pH adjustments as well.
- Other uses of soda ash include treatment of water for controlling the pH levels by softening the water, making of paper where it is used for softening the wood chips, and a few other manufacturing industries.
Normally, the tender information would be available in the print and electronic media and Internet. But the best bet for the prospective bidder would be logging on to some informative website that will offer updated as well as exhaustive information. While the industry specific or official websites will have limited amount of information, those offered on such websites will be vast in comparison.
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