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Did you know that Hydrochloric Acid is also known as HCL, muriatic acid, or spirits of salt? It’s utilised in a variety of industrial and commercial settings. For those who work in industries that use this chemical, it’s vital to understand the most common applications, what they accomplish, and what you need to know to handle them safely and responsibly.

Hydrochloric Acid is an odourless, colourless solution with a pungent smell. But behind this almost invisible veneer lies a powerful punch. For instance, Hydrochloric Acid can react with metals to form an explosive gas. Yet, it can also be found in many home cleaning products.

Hydrochloric acid

1150 kg IBCs housed in our warehouse, classified Hazard Class 8, are for corrosive materials, defined as substances that can cause significant harm to living tissue and/or corrode steel and aluminium if they leak.

Hydrochloric Acid is classified as a class 8 hazardous product, i.e. it’s a corrosive substance and can cause burns and irritation to the skin. Due to its corrosive properties, extreme care must be taken when handling this product. Make sure to wear appropriate safety equipment when handling hydrochloric acid. Ensure to avoid direct eye contact; if this occurs, seek immediate medical advice. 

We recommend you consult the safety data sheet when using, storing or handling the product.

Hydrochloric Acid in the market and its many uses

This potent acid is found in many industries and has a wide range of uses.

The most significant end uses for Hydrochloric Acid are steel pickling, oil well acidising, food manufacturing, producing calcium chloride, and ore processing.

We also find substantial use of Hydrochloric Acid across many other industries like:

How its used also varies significantly. For instance, in water treatment, it’s used to control pH levels, or in swimming pools, it can help remove any stubborn algae from the floors and walls of your pool. 

In acidising oil wells, it helps remove carbonate reservoirs, or limestones and dolomites, from the rock. It’s used in laboratories for acid-base titrations and for producing organic and inorganic compounds like PVC.

Hydrochloric acid

Hydrochloric acid is manufactured predominantly in industrial chlor-alkali plants around the world. The process involves the electrolysis of sodium chloride (salt) solution . This produces chlorine gas , sodium hydroxide and hydrogen gas. The hydrogen is then used to produce hydrochloric acid and ammonia.

In 2020 the global Hydrochloric Acid market size was US $7.8 billion and was expected to record a revenue CAGR of 1.5% over the forecast period through 2028. 

Hydrochloric acid

HCL prices are usually fairly stable and tend to increase yearly as a result of CPI increases, usually as a result of the cost of production (labour /electricity costs etc). However, the imported cost of the product is highly dependent on exchange rate variations, packaging and sea freight costs. Finally the overall economics of supply and demand would also play a role in the change in the price of HCL, which is also dependent on Chlorine and liquid Caustic Soda demand, which are all part of the chlo-alkali process.

How can we help you?

Redox’s Hydrochloric Acid is available in various pack sizes, including 20-litre carboys, 240 kg drums, 1150 kg IBCs and bulk tanker/Isotainers loads. The product comes in a range of strengths ranging from 6% to 33%, with 32% hydrochloric acid being the main commonly used strength.

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

Dextrose is the name of a simple sugar mainly derived from grains such as corn or root plant. Find out how Redox can become integral to your Dextrose sourcing strategy.

What is Dextrose & how is it used?

Dextrose is used in many products because it has several beneficial effects and is widely available. Its often used as a sweetener or preservative or to neutralise food that is too spicy or salty. It has a high glycaemic index, increasing blood sugar levels quickly and is an excellent source of energy.

It’s frequently used and commonly found in the below food items:‌

Dextrose

Dextrose added to cured or processed meat to counteract intense saltiness of cured meat and as a medium (food) for the microbial fermentation process used to reduce the pH of dry and semi-dry sausages.

Our Dextrose can also be used in animal feed /pet food and various industrial usage; however, they are more commonly used in confectionery, beverages, dry mixes and meat treatment because it adjusts sweetness and refreshes taste.

Does it have medicinal applications?

Dextrose is periodically prescribed by doctors alone or combined with other medications. It’s usually administered either intravenously or orally. It can be used to treat low blood sugar and dehydration, as well as to provide nutrition.

How can we help?

Our Dextrose is a non-GM product, available in both Monohydrate and Anhydrous variants and meets rigorous standards while retaining its authentic essence and taste. It is available in 15-25kgs bags and 800kgs bulk bags, which we routinely supply to our customers around the globe.

Redox is in a great position to meet and surpass your expectations. So contact one of our specialists by filling in the below form and have one of our team get in touch with you.

Mint has been rumoured to have been in use across Japan for more than 2000 years, alleviating fever symptoms, headaches and re-energising both the body and the mind. In the west, we’ve come to appreciate these same effects.

Mentha Arvensis Botanica, typically known as Mint, Corn Mint, Wild Mint, and Japanese Mint, is used to produce Menthol Crystals. Menthol Crystals are a waxy substance and a solid component of Mint Oil. The Mint Essential Oil is derived from the Mint leaf through distillation.

This Mint Essential Oil is then frozen at -22 degrees Celsius. The freezing of the Essential Oil causes it to crystalise, forming Menthol Crystals.

They are similar to Mint Essential Oil because they offer the same wide range of benefits. On the other hand, they are highly concentrated, and only small amounts are required for effective relief.

Menthol may help alleviate symptoms of sickness – 

What Industries are using them?

Menthol Crystals in Istanbul

Menthol Crystal use is universal: a store in Istanbul selling Menthol Crystal for cooking, therapeutic uses as well as use in a traditional hookah.

The worldwide Menthol Crystal market is growing at a tremendous rate, with its highest growth rates in recent years, and it is anticipated to surge even more between 2020 and 2027.

Their uses and benefits:

In Personal Care and Cosmetics

For the Pharmaceutical Industry

In Aromatherapy

Menthol Crystals from Redox

Our Menthol Crystals meet rigorous standards while retaining nature’s genuine essence and taste. 

They are available in various packing sizes, including 25kgs fibre drums and come in multiple qualities we routinely supply to our customers around the globe.

Redox is in a great position to meet and exceed your expectations. Contact one of our specialists or fill in the below form to learn how Redox can become an integral part of your sourcing strategy.

Senior Business Manager Jane Andrews talks about her career at Redox in this month’s Employee Spotlight.

When did you start working at Redox, what attracted you to the role? 

I started here in 1999 as an Account Manager. I had studied Marketing and Business Management, and coming from a corporate business background, I was genuinely impressed and intrigued by the achievements of Redox and the opportunity to be amongst that.

 

Have you received any excellent business advice that you can share?

If you over-promise, you will likely underperform; best to discuss all variables, so it is clear and do your best. 

 

What are some of the trends you see in your industry? Any new Products?

The marketing Machine is always looking to develop that next trend product to appeal to consumers. Powered by social media influencers, the big driver in food is sugarless, low salt products. Things are always moving!

 

How have processes or technology changed at Redox, and how has that benefited the customer? 

We’ve made significant advances with our technology in the ease with which we access a complex database of documentation to support and satisfy our customer’s regulatory needs. Shout out to our QA Team! Our system allows us great ease and flexibility for analysis.

 

What’s the most stand out personal achievement you’ve hit while working at Redox?

In 2011 I accepted a position at our head office working with Ken Perrins (Food Industry Manager/Director); I call it my internship. 

 

This experience allowed me to work closely with key decision-makers, where I was guided to perform to my best potential. I recall our Sales Director asking me why I was always smiling. I was just delighted to be in the engine room, where management and staff freely shared their knowledge and expertise with me. 

 

In 2015 I returned to Melbourne, and in 2016 was appointed Supervisor/Mentor of our department.

 

How do you feel Redox fosters or encourages leadership?

We pride ourselves on being entrepreneurial. That means we all have an opportunity to share our ideas and seek support. An open-door policy is not just something we say at here; sharing knowledge is highly applauded.

Social media has kind of become a lookout for companies who say one thing but act to the contrary – what’s Redox’s secret regarding integrity? 

We have a set of behaviours and values, which is our benchmark; anything less than that needs correction. 

 

Health & safety have been front and centre for a few years now. How does Redox maintain its focus on its staff and the wider community? 

More emphasis was directed to management and supervisors for additional engagement with staff to foster inclusiveness during the pandemic when our regular office locations moved to the home. 

 

Redox has seen considerable growth historically and recently; what do you attribute this to?

Our staff’s commitment to customer relationships and communication has been essential during the supply chain challenges over the past few years, and we still have a way to go. 

 

What is the most challenging piece of feedback you have ever received? How has that shaped your approach as a leader? 

Supporting ten staff naturally amounts to numerous things all happening at once. It is tough when you have so many things going on. Still, you inevitably fail someone in their expectations or performance when you know you could have better-managed something. 

 

When I was in Sydney, Renato would repeat to me often, “Be Kind”. 

Often, I try to mimic the leadership shown to me.   

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:

Magnesium sulphate, often known as Epsom salt, is a versatile chemical utilised in various markets. With its long history, its use cases are as extensive as they are varied. 

In 1618, a villager named Henry Wicker at Epsom in England tried to provide his cattle water from a well. They refused to drink it because of the bitter flavour of the water. However, the farmer discovered that the water healed wounds and rashes. The fame of Epsom salts grew over time. 

Eventually, it was recognised to be magnesium sulphate, MgSO4.

How is magnesium sulphate used?

Primarily used as a foliar and irrigated fertiliser in the agriculture sector where it improves soil fertility, creating an environment conducive to growth.

Another industry it is commonly used in is the animal nutrition industry, where it is used in animal feed (feed grade) to aid the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids (fats) and proteins and for nerve activity and muscle contraction.

More recently, magnesium sulphate has experienced increased use in the pharmaceutical and health sectors with applications such as bath salts and isolation tanks.

It is even used as an active ingredient in pain-relieving lotions, creams and oils within the personal care industry.

Yet, there are instances of it being used in sectors as diverse as:

Magnesium Sulphate used in irrigated fertiliser

Magnesium Sulphate is primarily used as a foliar and irrigated fertiliser in the agriculture sector where it improves soil fertility, creating an environment conducive to growth.

The Redox advantage

Redox’s magnesium sulphate is available in various packing sizes, including 25kg bags and bulker bags, coming in a range of forms (heptahydrate, anhydrous, trihydrate, monohydrate) and conforming to many monographs (FCC, BP/USP, OMRI) 

At Redox, we take the time to understand our markets and employ a team of skilled specialists to help guide and advise our clients. Our scale efficiency allows us to keep expenses low. At the same time, our broad selection provides clients with a “one-stop-shop” alternative for services in many sectors.

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

COVID-19 in China, increased pricing and international tensions continue to significantly impact the global container shipping industry. While spot shipping prices have reduced 10% this year, recent increases in fuel prices will continue to pressure pricing and reliability.

There has been a significant flare-up in COVID-19 cases across China since our last shipping bulletin. Currently, the Shanghai region is under stay at home orders, which has begun to affect port operation directly. It has reduced labour availability, closed factories and limited vehicle ability to deliver containers to the Ports. 

 

Congestion off southern China ports is now at record highs with an inability to efficiently operate all vessels. However, this congestion could ease in the short term, and pricing could be further reduced due to factories not having an adequate output. 

 

As a result, there will be no immediate demand for shipping. However, the pent up demand could cause a whiplash effect in the coming weeks and months to push pricing back to record highs. 

Busy Yangshan container port, Shanghai, China

Busy Yangshan container port, Shanghai, China is but one of the ports affected by the resurgence of COVID-19 in China

These effects are not just limited to Shanghai and Southern China, with reports of increasing cases in regions dotted all over China. Freightos reported that this current wave of COVID-19 throughout China could 

“make this iteration the most significant logistics disruption since the start of the pandemic”.

 

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict has impacted both the demand and price of bunker fuel. The crisis has meant that freight historically transiting from Asia to Europe by rail will now travel by ship, pushing up global demand for charter vessels, invariably impacting all international pricing.

 

However, the more significant impact could be on the supplier of bunker, with increases of up to US$100 per tonne a day recorded. Pricing has increased by a third since the end of February, adding millions of dollars to the cost of operating a vessel. These costs will invariably be passed on to the shipper in the way of an increased bunker surcharge

 

While Redox’ acknowledges that there has been a short term reduction in pricing, there are still significant unknowns within the global supply chain. Please liaise with your Redox representative to discuss the best way to reduce risk & cost in your business throughout 2022.

In this month’s Employee Spotlight, we talk to Senior Business Manager, Mark Shoukry about his role at Redox.

You recently celebrated your 20 year Redox anniversary; congratulations! Can you tell me how that feels?

Redox is a family business, I married into the Coneliano family, so I suppose it was inevitable that I would end up here. Still, it’s been great working with my in-laws like our founder, Roland Coneliano and Managing Director Robert Coneliano.

Raimond Coneliano, Sales Manager/Director/brother-in-law, and I sat together from the first day. His knowledge and advice has been invaluable over the years. I owe so much to him for his guidance and direction. 

You’ve got a wide range of customers that you manage – what is your favourite industry to work in? 

The industry closest to my heart is the Nutraceutical industry, but also Mining & Explosives has been a massive challenge over the last few years and has taught me a lot. 

It has been an honour to represent Redox, and I am grateful for the loyalty of our customers and suppliers. 

What are some of the trends you see in that industry? New Products?

Joint formula products like Glucosamine or Chondroitin are still solid. 

I thought this material’s trend cycle would have dropped off by now, but it continues to grow. 

Have you received any great business advice that you can share?

I do, yes. I’ll never forget this. I’d managed to obtain this large order, and I could hardly contain my excitement. I walked up to Roland to tell him about it. His answer was: 

“Great job, but have they tested a sample? Did they trial the material in production? Do they have a credit limit in place?” 

I answered with a smile and said yes!

He replied, “okay, but they have not paid the bill yet. Once we have the money in our account, then you can get excited.”

The lesson was simple. Stay humble and be patient; dot the i’s and cross all the t’s. 

His wisdom in business was terrific, and he taught me a lot in my career. 

You have the highest pending order value of Redox reps, but how do you measure your success? What are you most proud of?

My first large order at Redox was for Anhydrous Hydrofluoric Acid for a refinery. It was also a new product for Redox at the time. That was a moment I will never forget. 

My great enjoyment now is when we work on a new product with one of our loyal and friendly customers, and then we get the ongoing business. A happy customer is a success; that makes me proud.

Looking 10 years into the future, what do you think Redox will look like?

Over the next 10 years, I’m sure we will expand geographically into new areas, constantly adding new people and succeeding together.

You’ve successfully managed a team here at Redox – what is the key to getting the best out of people?

Managing people is not for everyone; it takes a lot of patience and time. It has been great to see the results of their hard work. I am grateful to have such a passionate team of talented people. 

The key is to keep the lines of communication open, teach them everything I know and find the lesson in every mistake. 

We hear that you love boating and fishing – every fisherman has a story about the ‘one that got away’ what’s yours?

Boating and fishing are my greatest hobby; I don’t do enough of it. So hard with a family with 4 kids to find the time to go out regularly. 

I have some stories about the one that got away, the best one I can share with tears in my eyes. 

I was out at Botany Bay late at night and hooked a big fish; it took all my line and then snapped. I was so disappointed. Since then, I have changed all my lines to thicker ones to ensure they don’t get away next time. 

There may be a sales lesson in that. 

Do you have a nickname?

I’m not disclosing this information in public since my 3 sisters had a hand in that, but one of my nicknames I can share. ‘Shouksta’.

Favourite band/song/music?

This will show my age. I like UB40 (especially while on the boat) and Rn’B.

Lactic Acid is a versatile material found in a variety of innovative products that was first discovered by the Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1780 and produced commercially by Charles E. Avery in 1881. 

It’s Applications in Industry?

Lactic Acid is a naturally occurring organic acid utilised in various industries, such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food, and, most recently, medical industries.

In the food industry, which accounts for a large portion of the demand (35%), it has several uses:

However, it is also used as an antimicrobial in cleaning products, has applications in the leather tanning industry, in descaling processes, in the textile industry as a mordant (fixative) for dyeing, and can be converted to ethanol, propylene glycol, and acrylic polymers in the chemical industry.

Graph showing use of lactic acid across industries

Fig. 1. Uses and demand of lactic acid (The Essential Chemical Industry Online 2013)

Although it’s been commercially available for a long time, it is only in recent decades that new uses have resulted in a tremendous increase in demand.

For example, its an essential building block in producing a range of new and innovative bioplastics, PLA or Polylactic Acid – the new generation of biodegradable polymers.

The use of Lactic Acid in manufacturing environmentally friendly, green solvents is another area for significant potential growth. Using it as a green solvent enriches the diversity and versatility of bio-based green solvents and could offer an effective means for designing environmentally benign synthetic systems.

Its application and innovative usefulness seem ever-growing, and in 2010, it was included in a report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy on chemicals that are considered potential building blocks for the future.

Lactic Acid from Redox

Redox is proud to work with leading manufacturers of Lactic Acid and Lactates globally and can create solutions for all customer requirements.

Redox supplies Lactic Acid in the Australian, New Zealand, Malaysian, and North American markets and is available in various packing sizes. These include 25kg carboys250kg steel drums and 1200kg IBCs.

We offer it in a range of varied strengths, with a powder form also available for specific applications. Our Lactic Acid conforms to the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), ensuring our product’s overall safety and integrity.

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

The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) is the peak national body for those working in operational roles in the water sector. . 

With its increasing national membership base, WIOA assists its members and water industry stakeholders in collecting, generating, and exchanging high-quality operational information.

Each year, WIOA host a variety of operationally focused conferences and exhibitions whose fundamental goals are:

Redox attends all major WIOA conferences annually and will be there at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC) this April 6th and 7th.

The conferences cover a wide range of industry personnel from all levels of the industry. This includes key decision-makers, engineers, and of course, the operators themselves.

Our team will be at stand 64, and we look forward to seeing you there. Please come by and speak with one of our specialists about how Redox can become an integral part of your sourcing strategy.

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