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Redox has commenced the installation of electric chargers at its sites starting with 12 units at its head office in Sydney, to help promote the adoption of zero-emission vehicles and better utilise the renewable solar energy that the company produces.

With the growing adoption of zero-emission vehicles in Australia, accounting for 8% of new car sales, we have taken a progressive step by introducing electric vehicle (EV) options for our employees. This decision empowers our workforce to actively contribute to decarbonisation efforts and reaffirms our position as an industry leader.

Redox has installed 12 EV chargers distributed throughout our Minto site. These are a free amenity which we are providing to all staff.

The charging infrastructure overlays our existing significant investment in our sites, equipping them with photovoltaic solar generation systems with a total capacity of 600kW. We are immensely proud that our commitment to practical initiatives contributed to our recent recognition with the prestigious Silver medal sustainability rating from Ecovadis in 2023.

We plan to gradually expand this infrastructure to other Redox-operated sites, making sustainable transportation solutions more accessible.

 

As the seasons change and winter approaches, planning ahead for your agricultural needs is crucial. Controlling insect and pests on your valuable crops, such as scale, mites, and codling moths, is paramount. That’s why now is the perfect time to consider Ovispray for your winter oil spraying program.

At Redox, we understand the challenges growers face in maintaining healthy and pest-free crops. We recommend Ovispray as your go-to solution for effective pest control. Ovispray is an APVMA-approved Agricultural spraying oil designed to combat insect pests that threaten your crops during winter.

Ovispray is registered for use on various crops, including,

Ovispray applied to winter crops

Ovispray is highly suitable for Integrated Pest Management programs (IPM).

It offers versatile benefits beyond winter oil spraying. This remarkable product can also serve as a wetter/penetrant for herbicide applications, boosting their efficacy. Furthermore, when mixed with fungicides and insecticides, Ovispray enhances its performance, giving you even greater protection against harmful pathogens and pests.

How can we help

As the exclusive distributor for Ovispray in Australia, we offer it in 200L drums and 1000L IBCs, ensuring you have an adequate supply for your agricultural operations. With an active ingredient of 800 g/L petroleum oil, Ovispray delivers consistent and reliable results, safeguarding your crops throughout the winter season.

Make sure your crops are protected from insect and pests this winter. 

We understand that every crop is unique, and our team is committed to tailoring solutions that meet your requirements. Contact your dedicated Redox representative or fill in the below form and one of our team members will get in touch.

While most people may know hydrogen peroxide for its use in hair bleaching, this versatile compound has much more to offer. As a green and sustainable oxidizing agent, it finds its applications across a broad range of industries. But can hydrogen peroxide’s environmentally friendly properties make it an important component in the transition towards sustainability by replacing less eco-friendly chemicals?

Hydrogen peroxide, a colourless liquid compound of hydrogen and oxygen with the chemical formula H2O2, is an increasingly in-demand and versatile chemical known for over two centuries. Unlike many chemicals, hydrogen peroxide is entirely natural and occurs in rainwater, snow, and even the human body. It decomposes to only water and oxygen, making it an environmentally friendly product. This unique property makes it valuable in times of increased environmental awareness. Hydrogen peroxide is not only used for hair bleaching but has a disinfectant and antibacterial effect that eliminates odours, making it a cleaning agent for home and wounds. It’s in high demand across industrial sectors, including paper, food, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and electronics, and is used in water treatment, chemical syntheses, and rocket fuel.

Its effectiveness can be enhanced when combined with other substances such as iron ions, UV radiation, or ozone.

Why is Hydrogen peroxide sustainable?

Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical with a distinctive ability to decompose into two non-toxic substances, water and oxygen, once it has served its purpose. This makes it an exceptional chemical with minimal environmental impact and a sustainable alternative to other less eco-friendly chemicals that have long plagued our environment.

Hydrogen peroxide is fast becoming a popular choice in various applications, such as cleaning agents and disinfectants, where the need for safe and environmentally-friendly products has never been greater. Furthermore, it could replace other hazardous chemicals used in manufacturing processes, especially in the paper, food, and cosmetic industries.

Hydrogen Peroxide in cosmetic products

As public interest in sustainability continues to climb, many cosmetic manufacturers are seeking more natural and environmentally-friendly ingredients for their products. The benefits of “green” beauty products extend beyond trends — increasing studies show the toxicity of conventional cosmetics, and the natural cosmetics market continues to grow rapidly and consistently.

Even in its manufacturing process, hydrogen peroxide can be produced using renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, making it even more sustainable. The autoxidation process used to produce hydrogen peroxide requires only hydrogen, oxygen, and water as raw materials, which are readily available and can be produced sustainably.

Its environmentally friendly nature makes it an excellent candidate for the much-needed transition towards sustainability, and with the ever-growing demand for greener alternatives, hydrogen peroxide is indeed a chemical for the future.

Common uses include

Hydrogen peroxide …

How can we help?

Discover how Redox can be essential to your sourcing strategy by speaking with one of our experts. Fill out the form below to learn more and get started.

Critical minerals are metallic or non-metallic elements that are essential for modern technologies and low-emission applications, but their supply chains are at risk of disruption, which could have severe consequences for various industries. To mitigate these risks, it is crucial to understand the characteristics of critical minerals, the industries that rely on them, and the associated risks.

Redox’s role in the critical mineral supply chain

Redox offers a diverse collection of chemicals and reagents utilized in the mining, processing, and refining of various minerals such as Lithium, Vanadium, and Rare Earth elements. We have partnered with renowned suppliers such as Kraton, whose Tall Oil Fatty Acid ‘Sylfat’ is considered the leading product in mineral separation. Our mining clients enjoy our broad range of products, along with our top-tier warehouse and distribution network, extensive market expertise, and unparalleled customer service.

What is a critical mineral?

Critical minerals are an essential component of our modern technologies, economies, and national security. They are used to manufacture a wide range of advanced technologies, including low-emission applications like electric vehicles, wind turbines, and solar panels, as well as everyday items like stainless steel and electronics.

Although there is a risk that critical mineral supply chains could be disrupted, it is important to remain positive and proactive in addressing potential challenges. By diversifying supply chains, investing in market development, and promoting sustainable mining practices, Australia can mitigate risks and ensure a stable supply of critical minerals for years.

An Overview of these Minerals

Each country develops its list of critical minerals based on the importance of specific minerals to their industries and evaluating supply risks. However, assessments of mineral criticality are influenced by market and political conditions at a particular time and are subject to change.

The Australian Government has identified 26 critical minerals by evaluating Australia’s geological potential and global technology needs, especially those of partner countries. The list of Australia’s vital minerals can be found in the 2022 Critical Mineral Strategy.

Australia’s critical minerals sector is expanding to meet the increasing global demand for these strategic minerals. Australia is a top producer of several critical minerals, including lithium, rare earth, and zircon. The country is also discovering and developing more deposits of these minerals, as shown in the Australian Critical Minerals Map.

 

Critical minerals map of Australia

Australia’s resources industry has expanded exploration and resource definition in response to the rising demand for critical minerals. Economic inventories of several critical minerals increased in Australia in 2021, including platinum group elements, scandium, vanadium, antimony, cobalt, and tantalum.Australia's battery minerals 2021

To conclude, critical minerals play a vital role in our daily lives, and their importance will only continue to grow as we transition towards a low-carbon economy. To ensure a stable supply of these minerals, it is crucial to diversify supply chains, invest in market development, and promote sustainable mining practices. 

 

As a global leader in critical minerals production, Australia has identified 26 critical minerals and is expanding its exploration and resource definition to meet the increasing global demand. By prioritizing the sustainable and responsible production of critical minerals, Australia can ensure their availability for future generations.

Produced from carbon-rich organic materials, activated carbon’s superior performance as an adsorbent lends itself to a growing list of applications as environmental regulations continue to become more stringent.

Activated carbon is a game-changing adsorbent, revolutionising how industries tackle contaminants and unwanted particles in liquids or gases. Pollution control efforts are particularly taking advantage of its capabilities, with reports pointing towards an optimistic future – all thanks to the growing call for environmental solutions globally.

How is Activated Carbon being used in industry?

Activated carbon is an incredibly versatile compound that serves a range of diverse functions. 

Its remarkable properties have enabled some incredible advancements across multiple industries.

While Activated carbon has become a powerful ally in multiple industries, from purifying potable and wastewater to cleaning out toxic gases from the air we breathe, it also plays an essential role in soil remediation by removing dangerous pollutants like PFAS and other organic compounds. 

Even beverages can benefit– with Activated carbon able to strip wine and juices of their unwanted colour or toxins, such as patulin found commonly in apple juice!

Natures renewable resource

Customers are increasingly turning to sustainable solutions – unlike other forms of activated carbon, coconut shells and wood are renewable resources, each with unique properties when it comes to removing impurities.

In particular coconut shells are an incredibly sustainable solution to global raw material needs. Renewable and accessible within six months, coconuts outshine common alternative materials such as coal or wood that can take millions of years and decades to form. Not only do coconut trees capture CO2 from the atmosphere, but their harvesting is a by-product of our food industry – making them earth-friendly and beneficial in other ways.

Activated carbon is an effective adsorbent because it is a highly porous material and provides a large surface area to which contaminants may adsorb.

Using it to produce activated carbon prevents it from being wasted and potentially burnt as fuel. In fact, every part of the coconut has a use, and there is no waste. The water, meat, husk and shell are all used across various industries.

Recent market reports point to an optimistic future driven by demand for its environmental uses. With a heightened awareness surrounding eco-friendly products like coconut-based activated carbon, new possibilities present daily as we uncover just how powerful this substance truly is in the fight against pollution. 

How can we help?

Despite a range of competitor adsorbents available, activated carbon continues to lead the way across numerous applications. Thanks to solid growth prospects in key regions and industries, demand for this versatile material is set to remain healthy in the coming years. As a result, companies providing high-quality activated carbon will be well-positioned to capitalise on this trend.

Redox proudly offers a vast selection of activated carbon tailored to suit any application. From 25kg bags up to 500 kg bulker and with impregnation options – Redox only sources the highest quality carbons to suit your application through our trusted partner.

Unlock the potential of your sourcing strategy with Redox. Our experts are ready to help you realise a new level of success. Contact one of our experts today.

Exciting news from one of our partners, Tessara, as they have officially launched two new products at Asian Fruit Logistica Bangkok. Two new sulphur pad products for table grapes, called Uvays Vivo and Berrisys, for the blueberry industry which extends the shelf life of blueberries during storage and transportation. 

Read more below about this exciting launch.

Tessara manufactures sulphur dioxide laminated sheets (sulphur pads); the company specialises in fresh science by providing post-harvest solutions that maximise the shelf life of valuable fresh produce to minimise food waste. 

“Our sulphur dioxide laminated sheets are scientifically designed for individual crops: table grapes, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cut flowers.”

Tessara’s production facility is BRC accredited with an AA rating and operates 24/7, 5 to 7 days a week. They have approximately 200 staff, including representatives and agents in key markets in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and North and South America. Tessara offers an innovative range of products that increases the shelf life during post-harvest storage and transportation. 

“…Our focus is about keeping fresh produce fresher for longer.”

“Our sulphur dioxide laminated sheets are scientifically designed for individual crops: table grapes, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cut flowers. All our products are for post-harvest application; they sterilise the fruit and destroy fungal pathogens, mainly Botrytis cinerea, a common cause of post-harvest rot during storage. Our focus is about keeping fresh produce fresher for longer.” 

Tessara’s range of products includes UVASYS and UVASYS VIVO, the fully recyclable sulphur pad for table grapes. In addition, BERRISYS and BERRISYS LITE are for berries – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and FLORASYS– for cut flowers. 

“A smart change in your post-harvest system can significantly affect your valuable crop’s shelf life. We enjoy discussing everything post-harvest to maximise shelf life. 

Both products are available and used in South Africa and the UK, with Turkey and Georgia following suit. In Australia, the APVMA registration for Berrisys is pending for December 2022. We eagerly await this approval to assist the Australian industry with its exports and domestic market opportunities for APVMA registration. Stay tuned and contact us if you have any questions regarding this exciting new product.

 

National Science Week is an annual celebration of science and technology in Australia. It happens every year in August and has more than 1000 events around the country, delivered by different types of organisations such as universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.

The school theme for National Science Week in 2022 will be “Glass: More than meets the eye.” This is to celebrate the United Nations International Year of Glass, Celebrating the past, present and future of glass for a sustainable, equitable and better tomorrow.

In helping to celebrate National Science Week, we thought we could bring our expertise to this year’s school theme – Glass. Redox are very active in this market with a customer base of roughly 154 assorted customers specialising in producing glass products. 

Being a leading chemical and ingredients distributor, we supply our customers with various products to help them produce hundreds, if not thousands, of products made of glass.

What are some of the chemicals we supply?

Materials such as: 

Are all used in the manufacturing of glass products. But, how are these chemicals used in glass products?

Let’s look a little closer – Monobutyltin Trichloride.

Monobutyltin Trichloride or MBTC’s most critical application area is glass coating. MBTC is used to increase the scratch resistance of glass. A tin oxide coating is applied that closes microcracks and improves resistance to physical effects. It’s an essential raw material for this coating.

In the production of flat glass, for example, it’s combined with other ingredients in a uniform formulation that creates an even and thin layer.

Glass in mobile phone

Steve Jobs, the late Apple CEO and innovator known for his innovative genius in technology, sought out Corning’s help to make a screen that would be thin yet durable. Then they came up with Gorilla Glass, which dominates mobile device sales today because it can withstand drops up five feet without breaking or sustaining any damage!

It’s also used to coat containers (bottles, glasses, etc.), where Monobutyltin Trichloride is applied directly via gravity slides, which is depressed into the shape of the final bottle. The still hot bottles then pass through a coating stage where an MBTC vapour is sprayed on the hot surface, which is oxidised. This creates a layer of tin oxide, which forms the coating.

Another critical application the glass industry employs comes from Sodium Sulphate. It’s used as “fining agent” to help remove tiny air bubbles within molten glasses and prevent scum formation during refining. The chemical also fluxes the melts while it prevents melt segregation or caking on equipment by preventing negative interactions between components like acidity levels with base stocks such as silica sand.

Endlessly recyclable and natural

“We’ve been making glass for thousands of years, and we still don’t have a good idea of what it is,” says Mathieu Bauchy, a glass expert and materials researcher at UCLA. One thing we do know, unlike many other materials that become dangerous waste, glass can be recycled and refilled an infinite amount of times without losing clarity, purity or quality. 

Have a great National Science Week.

National Science Week

Redox has reaffirmed our commitment to the health, safety, and security of our employees, community, and the environment, by successfully passing NACD’s Responsible Distribution® verification for the current three-year cycle.

Responsible Distribution is the National Association of Chemical Distributor’s (NACD) third-party-verified environmental, health, safety, and security program. It allows members to demonstrate their pledge to continuous performance improvement in chemical storage, handling, transportation, and disposal.

In December 1991, the member companies of NACD undertook as its most important mission the inception of Responsible Distribution, developed by NACD members for NACD members. 

Responsible Distribution is a mandatory third-party verified environmental, health, safety & security program that lets members demonstrate their commitment to continuous performance improvement in every phase of chemical storage, handling, transportation, and disposal. 

NACD members play a leadership role in their communities as information resources. They are eager to provide the same assistance and guidance to local, state, and federal legislators on technical issues relating to the safe handling, storage, transportation, use, and disposal of chemical products.  

Key Benefits of Responsible Distribution

“Responsible Distribution is critical to the chemical distribution industry’s ability to safely deliver more than 30 million tons of product every year,” said NACD President and CEO Eric R. Byer. 

“Through their successful verification, Redox and its senior leadership have committed to continuous improvement in the responsible management and handling of chemicals that ensures NACD members effectively support the industries America relies on most, such as agriculture, healthcare, oil and gas, manufacturing equipment, and many others.”

Please click here to view NACD Responsible Distribution’s Guiding Principles.

Could reduced crude protein (CP) diets reduce NH3 emission by 25% in chicken or pig farms? In today’s Animal Nutrition Insights, Redox’s Animal Nutritionist Dr Yumin Bao shares his research on amino acids and feed enzymes supplementation that could help to reduce the environmental impacts of poultry and pig production.

Poultry and swine farming has a significant environmental impact on climate change and air or water pollution. In the past decade, phytase, a feed grade enzyme, has been widely used in poultry and swine production to reduce inorganic phosphorus usage and pollution significantly. 

In recent years, the poultry and pig industry has successfully developed reduced crude protein (CP) diets by supplementing unbound crystalline L-LysineL-MethionineL-ThreonineL-tryptophanL-ValineL-Isoleucine and L-Arginine, but not compromising chicken and pig performance. It is estimated that each 10 g/kg CP reduction in pig farms could reduce NH3 by 10%, and in poultry, each 15 g/kg CP reduction might reduce NH3 by 16% (Cappelaere et al., 2021). 

Based on recent broiler chicken studies at the University of Sydney, apart from L-Lysine, L-Methionine and Threonine, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Arginine are added to broiler chicken diets could further reduce CP by 15g/kg.        

However, it is noticed that in the current CP reduction strategy, feed formulation was conducted by digestible lysine concentration and then balanced with other digestible amino acids, and undigested CP was not considered in the feed formulation. 

It is well-known that adding exogenous feed enzymes in poultry and swine diets could overcome the adverse effects of antinutritional factors and improve the digestion of dietary nutrients. 

While Xylanase is becoming a norm in Australian wheat-based diets to reduce digesta viscosity in chicken or pig gut, adding Protease and Mannase has recently been demonstrated to improve dietary amino acids digestibility by 3% and increase chicken body weight gain by 5%, respectively. 

reduced crude protein diets

Body weight gain in response to Dig AME ratio

Therefore, under the current commercial conditions, adding protease and mannase could reduce Digestible Lysine concentration from 1.1% to 1.0% in the finisher period, roughly another 10-15 g/kg CP reduction. 

In conclusion, in the current poultry and swine diets with supplementation of L-Lysine, L-methionine and L-Threonine, further adding L-Valine, L-isoleucine, L-Arginine, protease, and mannase could reduce at least 25 g/kg CP and accordingly reducing NH3 emission by 25% in chicken or pig farms.

Contact us today and ask us how we can assist with specialist advice from one of our nutritionists and offer the best price and service on any of the below products:

The development of surfactants based on carbohydrates and oils is an exciting expression of the ‘green chemistry’ that led to new surfactant classes: namely, alkyl polyglucoside (APG).

It was first developed in 1893 by German Chemist Emil Fischer via a process that relied on the acid-catalyzed reaction of dextrose with fatty alcohols. Following a costly and time-consuming research and development process, Henkel successfully created an industrial production method for APG.

Alkyl polyglucoside is a mild, naturally derived non-ionic ‘Green’ surfactant in liquid form and is entirely biodegradable, safe for humans and the natural environment

Some Ingredient Highlights

APG Applications in Industry?

The use cases for Alkyl polyglucoside are innumerable, with an estimated global market worth $1.1B and projected to increase over 8% during 2021 – 2031.

APG is typically used to enhance the formation of foams in detergents (surface cleaners, dishwashing and laundry detergents), but because it’s biodegradable and safe for sensitive skin, it has also found multiple applications in the personal care sector, including:

But its uses extend beyond these; 

APG

The findings suggest a marked reduction in the skin irritation effect of cosmetics.

APG from Redox

Redox’s Alkyl polyglucoside is available in various packing sizes, including drum and IBC configurations, coming in a range of INCI classifications:

With activity levels ranging from 50% to 70%.

Presently quotations from our manufacturing partners are valid for two days max due mainly to the fact that fatty alcohols are being diverted to make biodiesel. 

Biofuels have become more economically attractive due to recent skyrocketing crude oil prices, so it’s crucial you work with a supplier that can secure consistent quality; Redox is in an excellent position to fulfil and exceed your expectations. 

Contact one of our experts to discover how Redox can be an essential element of your sourcing strategy.