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Demand for peracetic acid set to rise

Published 2nd June, 2015 by Neil Nixon

Demand for peracetic acid set to rise

Chemical manufacturer and distributor, Airedale Chemical, predicts a surge in demand for cleaning product peracetic acid, as customers increasingly look for a biodegradable and economical alternative to bleach.

Considered the 'rising star' amongst Airedale Chemical's product range, peracetic acid (PAA) has seen a 32% sales increase at the company in the last two years. Its versatile and biodegradable qualities, which appeal to an increasing number of market sectors, means Airedale Chemical now has plans to grow the product by a further 20% in 2015.

An industrial disinfecting chemical, peracetic acid is used in circulation cleaning and industrial sanitisation across sectors including agrochemical, dairy, recycling and waste management, food and drink manufacture, and brewery trade. Its biodegradable qualities, along with its no-rinse, non-foaming formula and ability to sanitise at cold temperatures, mean it is becoming a hero cleaner for industries in niche applications and is now one of Airedale Chemical's largest UK and European growth areas.

Chris Chadwick, sales director at Airedale Chemical, said: “Our commitment to growing peracetic acid as a product line has already been bolstered by a £500,000 investment in three new distribution vehicles this year.

Two of these are tractor units specifically designed to store intermediate bulk container (IBC) and packaged chemicals, such as peracetic acid, in a safe and secure way. Additional resource such as this gives us greater capacity and responsiveness as a company and puts us in an even stronger position to deliver our own-manufactured chemicals across the UK, Northern Ireland and Europe.”

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