Many waxes come from plants and animals, but there are a few types of synthetic waxes created for specific uses. Learn about three synthetic wax types.
Fatty Acid Amide Waxes
Fatty Acid Amide waxes include modified palm and tallow waxes. This synthetic wax type is used as a lubricating aid in plastics, films and extrusions.
Polyolefin is a class of polymers. This wax is used to modify the viscosity, hardness, appearance, melt point, surface texture and other physical properties of wax blends. Polyolefin is usually used as an additive with other wax types to obtain a certain desired effect on the finished product.
Fischer-Tropsch waxes are created by the polymerization of carbon monoxide under high pressure. This synthetic wax is one of the most popular man-made wax types. In 2010, the synthetic wax consumption in North America was 420 million pounds. Of that total, 195 million pounds was Fischer-Tropsch wax. This synthetic wax type is used at gas and coal facilities.
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