About National Silicates

National Silicates is a wholly owned Canadian subsidiary of the PQ Corporation. The PQ Corporation in conjunction with its affiliates is the world's largest producer of sodium and potassium silicates and its derivatives.

National Silicates has been serving customers in Canada since 1931, and as the first non-U.S. subsidiary of PQ Corporation, has vast experience in the chemical manufacturing industry beginning in 1831, a full century before it was founded.
Through National Silicate’s (PQ’s) Unique Chemistry and Innovative Solutions we understand that sustaining our business, our environment and our community can only be achieved when we have a proper concern for:
  • The creation of goods and services using processes and systems that are:
    • Non-polluting
    • Conserving of energy & natural resources
    • Economically efficient
    • Safe and healthful to our workers, communities and consumers
    • Socially and creatively rewarding to all people
Our attitude will engage and inspire our employees and others to embrace sustainability as an essential guiding element for all their efforts.
Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, National Silicates also has production and distribution facilities for sodium and potassium silicates in Valleyfield, Quebec; Toronto, Ontario; Fort Frances, Ontario; Whitecourt, Alberta; Surrey and Parksville, British Columbia. Liquid Magnesium sulphate, commonly known as Epsom salt, is produced in Surrey, BC.
National Silicates is a team of highly competent, enthusiastic and talented people connecting with customers every day. It has built its business through a commitment to helping its customers be successful in their own businesses. This commitment ensures that customers consistently receive superior products and services accompanied by a high level of technical support.
At National Silicates, we aim to create great silicate chemistry, the kind that benefits our customers, our people, our community, our shareholders and the environment. Our Global Centre for Pulp & Paper Excellence & Drilling Fluids is located in Toronto, Ontario. As the name of the Global Technical Centre implies, it deploys its technical and commercial expertise in support of other PQ units worldwide. The Technical Centre is staffed with highly trained scientists who do both research and development, as well as technical service.
At National Silicates, everyone is responsible for protecting the Environment and the Health and Safety of our people, customers and the communities in which we live and do business. Our commitment to Health, Safety and Environmental performance is an integral part of our business and is essential to our long-term sustainability. As a member of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), National Silicates is committed to Responsible Care® and is also registered to the ISO14001 standard. We have a high quality standard and our quality system is registered to the ISO 9001 standard.
National Silicates is dedicated to ethical and moral business practices. The company will always act with "… a proper concern for the best things." as advised by our founder, Joseph Elkinton in 1851. This adage has stood the test of time and is just as meaningful today. Our commitment to Sustainability of our business is a prime focus of our path forward.


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