Technical & Other

Shellac, waxes gums and resins are employed to meet a variety of technical applications across a wide range of industries. Listed below are some of the main products along with just a handful of examples of their use, but it is by no means exhaustive and probably only represents the tip of the iceberg.

Product

Type

Examples of Use

Accroides Powder

Resins

Used as an additive in the manufacture of paper, paint and dyes. Also a raw material in explosives and ammunition.

Agar Agar Powder

Gums

Used across multiple industries, ranging from dentistry to farming.

Beeswax Pellets

Waxes

Used as a lubricant, to insulate electronic components, and in artwork, beekeeping, car polish and surfboard wax.

Brasifen Powder

Shellac

Used as a constituent in flexographic inks, lightbulb capping cement and fireworks.

Carnauba Wax

Waxes

Used in automotive wax polishes, as a thickener for solvents and oils, a hardener for printing inks, and a mould release agent for plastics.

Copal Lumps

Resins

Used as a picture varnish and in printing inks and adhesives.

Damar Lumps

Resins

Used in printing colours and as a varnish for oil paintings.

Dragon's Blood

Resins

Used in printing for photo-engraving, as a dye to colour paper, and an additive in red inks and painting pigments.

Earth Wax/Ozokerite

Waxes

Used in the manufacture of carbon paper and heel-ball shoe polish, and as an insulator.

Elemi

Resins

Used in printing inks.

Ghatti Powder

Gums

Used in oil well drilling, as an emulsifier to mix petroleum with non-petroleum waxes, a stabiliser in automobile polish and a water barrier in explosives.

Guar Powder

Gums

Used in the hydraulic fracturing process (fracking) and as a waterproofing agent in explosives.

Gum Arabic

Gums

Used in inks, paints and lithography printing, as an edible glue, and as an emulsion in photography.

Karaya

Gums

Used as a denture adhesive.

Mastic

Resins

Used in dentistry, photographic negatives and paints.

Microcrystalline Wax

Waxes

Used in sealants, adhesives, printing inks, sculpturing and jewellery casting, sports equipment and to modify Paraffin wax.

Paraffin Wax

Waxes

Used as a sealant, for lubrication and rust prevention, and in thermostats, printer ink, rubber, electrical insulation, casting, pyrotechnics and sports equipment.

Rosin

Resins

Used in solder, printing inks and oil paints, and for stringed instruments and sports & leisure applications.

Sandarac

Resins

Used for dental fillings.

Shellac

Shellac

Used in automotive polishes, rubber, pyrotechnics and as an electrical insulator. Also dentistry, fishing and watchmaking.

Tragacanth

Gums

Used as an adhesive in the rolling of cigars.

Xanthan

Gums

Used in oil field drilling.

 

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