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gypsum removal., Neutralizing
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Solubility in Water: 14% at 10C, 17-4% at 20C, and 21.3% at 30C.-Insoluble in alcohol.
Negative heat of solution
Stability: Relatively stable at room tempratures.
Volatility increases sharply above 14O0F.
Decomposition product ratios are as follows:
Ammonia gas (NHa) 21.5%
Carbon dioxide gas (CO*) 55.7%
Water vapor (HaO) 22.8%
pH of 1/10 solution at 25 C: 7.8 Appearance: White Crystals Quality: Exceptionally pure. Food grade. Very low metal content.
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Aluminum Chloride Vinyl Chloride Calcium Chloride Potassium Carbonate Sodium Nitrite Caustic Potash Snowflake Crystals Sodium Bicarbonate Caustic Soda Ammonium Chloride Methylene Chloride Methyl Chloride Ammonium Bicarbonate Ortho-dichlorobenzene Chloroform Soda Ash Monochlorobenzene Carbon Tetrachloride Para-dichlorobenzene Chlorine Cleaning Compounds Hydrogen Peroxide
The leavening of thin-baked goods, the neutralization of strong leather-making acids and the removal of gypsum from processing equipment are typical of the many and diverse processes that have adopted properties of SOLVAY Ammonium Bicarbonate. These properties include the economical and complete volatilization to a nontoxic gas at low temperatures and without residue. Its solu-tions have lower pH and yet greater neutralizing ability than certain competitive alkalies. It also provides a dry, crystalline source of ammonia for packaged cleaning compounds.
Whether your need ranges from a material to create voids, to mild neutralization of acids, or to a dry source of ammonia for household cleaning compoundscheck the properties of SOLVAY Ammonia Bicarbonate.
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to sales dropped from 2 to a s low as 1.5 in early 1955, but now appears to b e climbing. Over-all, inventories appear to be i n good balance, not a t all so overbalanced as to preclude upward price adjustment for most chemicals. Inventories could expand 109fe before bringing on. a statistically weak position.
Profit Squeeze. The tbird quarter produced a squeeze on profit margins for many chemical firms, as t h e steei strike and some curtailments in aluminum and glass industries reduced sales of coke, soda ash, and sulfuric acid. The fertilizer picture was -weaker than expected, and overcapacity, particularly in nitrogen, caused price cuts. Automobile output was way down, thereby contracting demand for plastics and such chemical staples as phthalic anhydride. Textile business
has been depressed, though signs point to a slight pick-up in dyestuff prices and sales.
All in all, chemical industry business hit the bottom in the third quarter, and lasting effects in the form of higher steel prices and higher wage scales will be felt.
More or less a constant factor in chemical profits i s start-up expense, which has burdened earnings for a number of companies this year and may continue to drag earnings for the next several years in view of growing construction expenditures. However, future profits flow from current capital projects.
Lately a rash of price increases has broken out for such basic chemicals as alkalies, chlorine, nitrogen products, and acrylonitrile. Upward price ad-
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As a result, films and coatings remain flexible
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justments will probably continue over the balance of the year. The erosion in profit margins is one of the chemical industry's facts of life. Nevertheless Chemstrand i s netting pretax earnings of 40% on sales of nylon, Titanium Metals Corp. of America has turned in a 46% profit margin, and Montrose of California shows a 35% margin on D D T . Conversely* the rush to get into isocyanate production may have produced losses for Du Pont, National Aniline, and Mobay, losses which should turn into profits when the market for polyurethanes develops as expected.
The profit squeeze so far this year has dropped operating earnings for Du Pont, Allied Chemical, Hercules Powder, and Rohm & Haas. But most other chemical companies should produce modest to good gains. In a manner of speaking, chemical companies will have to run harder in order to inch ahead.
CHART CREDITS: Inventories and Sales (Chemical), Vinyl Resins, Phenolic Plastics, Cellulose Acetate Plastics Department of Commerce.
Profits in Oils For petroleum stocks, long-term price trend been upward
OENCE EARLY AUGUST the performance of common stocks of most leading petroleum companies has reflected sharply unsettled conditions in the Middle East. As a result, C&EN's index of oil shares (see page 5180) has dropped considerably below its midsummer high.
Looking at the long-term picture, however, petroleum investments have
done very well by stockholders. Despite recent weakness, C&EN's index is still over 10% above its level at the start of the year and has more than doubled since early 1954.
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