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PQ’s performance chemicals are crucial ingredients in a diverse set of industrial and consumer products. Our performance chemicals act as cleaning and whitening agents in toothpaste, create a “matted” finish on surface coatings and remove impurities from beer and edible oils.

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Silicate Precursors for the Tire Industry

Our silicates are a critical ingredient for our customers' precipitated silicas and silanes, which are added to tires to replace carbon black. These “green tires” achieve up to an 8% savings in fuel consumption, helping automobiles to meet increasingly stringent fuel mileage and vehicle emissions standards. We have a global reach, with facilities in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Water Treatment Solutions

To help improve water quality and reduce lead in drinking water, we tailor a number of silicate product offerings for use in water treatment applications globally. We also offer advanced testing and technology resources, including loop testing.

Oil Processing

SORBSIL® silica hydrogel is a free-flowing synthetic powder that biodiesel and edible oil refiners trust globally to remove a number of unwanted contaminants from triglyceride oils and fats during processing. Our silica helps refiners reduce operational costs while improving the final quality of their products.

Silicates for Drilling Muds

We helped to pioneer the use of potassium silicate in drilling fluids in Western Canada more than 15 years ago. This environmentally-friendly product is a superior shale stabilizer for drilling muds. As a secondary benefit, the cuttings and fluid can be spread over the land where the potassium acts as a fertilizer once the well is completed.

Consumer Products

We provide a range of co-granules for use in phosphate-free automatic dishwashing consumer products. We also offer a variety of products, Metso® metasilicates which provide alkalinity in I&I cleaning, DOUCIL® and VALFOR® zeolites products, which act as carriers and flow/process aids in laundry detergents, and BRITESIL® silicates, which are phosphate free builders for laundry and automatic dishwashing consumer products.

Beer Clarification

The natural reaction between protein and tannin creates a haze beers during the brewing process. BRITESORB® Silica Gel Adsorbents remove proteins that cause haze-forming in beer, with no adverse effect on flavor, foam, color or aroma. BRITESORB® beer stabilizers have chillproofed more beer than any other silica gel in the world.

Oral Care Products

Our dental silicas are compatible with a wide range of active ingredients for use in oral care. Our products provide added benefits over traditional ingredients, resulting in toothpaste that provides better whitening properties with less tooth sensitivity. Our silicas also can be structurally modified to enhance cleaning.

Personal Care Products

With the growing demand for more environmentally-friendly personal care products, manufacturers have looked to us for solutions. From exfoliating shower gels to face and body scrubs, we offer a range of highly-effective and safe SORBOSIL® Eco-Granules that replace more harmful polyethylene microbeads. Our silicas are natural and are approved by Ecocert, an international network that certifies sustainable raw materials and products.