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Safe sulfur solutions

Sulfuric acid is a mineral acid with a wide range of applications including fertilizer manufacturing, mineral processing, oil refining, wastewater processing and chemical synthesis. The European quality leader in this market is PVS Chemicals Belgium NV. Part of the US-based PVS Chemicals Group, the company transforms sulfur into high-value products according to its clients’ individual needs. With respect to quality, PVS Chemicals is a global leader in the production of ultra-high purity sulfuric acid, with production facilities in Ghent, Belgium, and Buffalo, New York.


Cleaning with enzymes

Today, enzymes are the most powerful cleaning agents, as they incorporate properties that help to transform organic substances irreversibly into residue that is water-soluble. The Belgian company REALCO from Louvain-la-Neuve is one of the pioneers in using enzymes for cleaning and purification products. Today, REALCO is the undisputed leader in the enzyme-based cleaning market, supplying the B2B and B2C markets worldwide.


The world of boron

Boron is a chemical element with the atomic number 5 and the chemical symbol B. Boron is a trivalent semi-metallic element which occurs abundantly in evaporated boron minerals, such as colemanite, tincal and ulexite, but it is never found as a free element on Earth. Turkey possesses roughly two thirds of the world’s boron mineral reserves and is the largest exporter of these refined boron products and minerals. Borate production is concentrated in the western part of the country (Eskisehir, Balikesir, Kutahya and Bursa). The Turkish state-owned company Eti Mine Works is the country’s biggest and oldest mining company active in the mining, metallurgical and chemical industries, which are directly connected to its mining operations. Eti Mine Works is renowned worldwide as the global leader in boron minerals and chemicals. Its Finnish subsidiary Ab Etiproducts Oy from Helsinki is the holding company’s marketing and sales arm in the northern and eastern regions of Europe. As the Turkish mining company is constantly increasing its production, Ali Sapmaz, general manager of Ab Etiproducts Oy, is optimistic about the future.