The chemical industry is by far the largest consumer of salt. Salt is the raw material for the production of
caustic soda (sodium hydroxide, NaOH) and chlorine (Cl). Chlorine, which is one of the most abundant
and common chemical elements on Earth, is an extremely effective disinfectant and essential
component in the chemical manufacture of thousands of vitale products used every day, such as PVC
(construction and houses), for instance. Caustic soda solution is an essential ingredient in many
industrial operations, including pulp and paper, detergent and the chemical processing industry. It is also
used in alumina, petrochemical and textile industries.
Soda ash is one of the three main ingredients for glassmaking, in which it lowers the temperature of the
melt. Soda ash is also the raw material for the production of many sodium compounds, such as sodium
silicate, sodium bicarbonate and sodium tripolyphospate. Furthermore, the pulp and paper industry
uses soda ash in the chemical pulp manufacturing process.
Other applications within the chemical industry include:
Pulp and paper industry: For pulping and neutralization; For washing and bleaching; For the processing
of waste paper,
Textiles: For example leather tanning; For the finishing of wool and cotton and for dyeing and
bleaching; For deacidification in the production of spun rayon,
Waste and water treatment,
Dyes and intermediates,
Pharmaceuticals: Salt provides the life essential nutrients sodium and chlorine regulating and impacting
many body and hormonal systems. In some medical conditions the ingestions of those nutrients
becomes crucial to treat and to reinstall the electrolyte balance in the body. Salt is also used as an
ingredient in pharmaceutical products.
SSV Salt manufactures industrial grade salt that is suitable for various industrial applications.