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Salt is life

Salt is crucial for many industries. Its compounds make it one of the most important materials in the chemical industry since more than 50% of the chemical products depend on it at a stage of their manufacture. It is also used in the manufacturing of thousands of other commodities.

Chemical Applications

The chemical industry is by far the largest consumer of salt. lt is the raw material for the production of chlorine (Cl) and caustic soda (sodium hydroxide, NaOH).


Salt, i.e. Sodium chloride is the most widely used de-icing agent worldwide due to its huge advantages over the alternatives. It is not only widely naturally occurring and easy to store and apply, hence the least expensive, but it also has the least environmental impact when used properly. In fact, according to the IfAƖ(German Institute for Applied Ecology), alternative de-icing formats are six to eight times more expensive than salt.

When salt is applied to ice and snow it creates a brine that has a lower freezing temperature than the surrounding ice or snow. It is also most efficient as a de-icer when spread before the ice has formed.


Water Treatment

Hard water is water that contains invisible dissolved rock, principally calcium and magnesium minerals. This can be resolved by the use of a water softener which removes the hardness minerals from the water. Water softeners rely on the ion exchange process and salt is essential for the regeneration of the ion exchange resins.

Food Grade Salt

Human body depend upon the various sources of salt in food to ensure our necessary daily intake.. Salt has an important role in the manufacture of many foods.

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