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Semi Refined Paraffin Wax Microcrystalline


Microcrystalline wax, a versatile and valuable oil derivative, finds its application in a wide range of industries due to its unique properties and characteristics.

Microcrystalline wax is a variant of wax derived through the DE-oiling of petrolatum in the course of petroleum refining. Its composition boasts a notable proportion of ISO paraffinic (branched) hydrocarbons and naphthenic hydrocarbons. Unlike the relatively larger crystals found in paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax stands out due to the fine size of its crystals. Its constitution comprises primarily of high molecular weight saturated aliphatic hydrocarbons. Notably, when compared to paraffin waxes, microcrystalline wax tends to exhibit darker hues, increased viscosity, higher density, enhanced tackiness, and greater elasticity. Moreover, it possesses a heightened molecular weight and melting point.

Properties of Microcrystalline Wax
  • Structure and Consistency: Unlike paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax possesses a finer and denser molecular structure. This results in a flexible and resilient texture, making it highly malleable even at lower temperatures.
  • Melting Point: Microcrystalline wax exhibits a higher melting point compared to other waxes. This characteristic allows it to maintain its form and integrity in a broader range of conditions.
  • Adhesive Properties: The tackiness and adhesion of microcrystalline wax make it an ideal choice for applications that require a strong bond. Its adhesive nature contributes to its use in various industries.
  • Water Resistance: Microcrystalline wax showcases excellent water repellency, making it suitable for products and applications where moisture resistance is crucial.
Applications of Microcrystalline Wax
  • Cosmetics and Personal Care: Microcrystalline wax is a common ingredient in cosmetics, such as lip balms, creams, and lotions. Its emollient properties help lock in moisture, providing a protective barrier for the skin.
  • Pharmaceuticals: In the pharmaceutical industry, microcrystalline wax is used as a tablet coating and binding agent. Its adhesive characteristics aid in ensuring the integrity of tablets during production and use.
  • Food Industry: Microcrystalline wax finds its place in the food industry as a glazing agent for fruits, vegetables, and confectionery products. Its water resistance and gloss-enhancing properties enhance the appearance of these items.
  • Candles: When blended with other waxes, microcrystalline wax contributes to the production of candles with improved texture, stability, and burn time.
  • Industrial Applications: Microcrystalline wax is utilized in various industrial processes, including rubber and tire manufacturing, where it acts as a plasticizer and improves material characteristics.
Benefits of Microcrystalline Wax
  • Versatility: The diverse range of applications underscores the versatility of microcrystalline wax, making it a valuable component in multiple industries.
  • Enhanced Texture: Its fine molecular structure leads to a smoother and more consistent texture in products, improving user experience.
  • Longevity: Microcrystalline wax's higher melting point contributes to the longevity of products, ensuring they maintain their intended form even under varying conditions.
  • Adhesion Strength: The adhesive properties of microcrystalline wax play a crucial role in creating durable bonds and coatings in various applications.
Items Soft Hard Test method
Oil content 5-10% 1% Astm d-721
Melting point 65±2 °C 86-88 °C Astm d-87
Color Yellow Cream Astm d-1500
Flash point 250 °C 300 °C Astm d-92
Specific gravity 0.8-0.82 gr/cm3 0.8-0.82 gr/cm3 Astm d-3712
Congealing point Approx 55 °C 70 °C Astm d-938
Kinematic viscosity @100 °C approx 16 cst @100 °C approx 16 cst Astm d-445
Microcrystalline common packings:
One of the most common packaging of bitumen is new steel drum. The new steel drums are easy to handle, transport and a proper packaging to ensure the products reach their target destinations flawlessly without any leakage or spill. Read more