The Romans also used soda ash for baking bread, making glass and for medicinal purposes. Its extraction from the ashes of various plants continued until the middle of the 19th century and gave it the present-day name of “soda ash”. Soda ash occurs in many kinds of mineral waters and in mineral deposits of certain springs and lake brines
The richest and most commonly found source of soda ash is trona, a mix of sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, and water.
Although trona can be found in many places, the world’s purest, largest, and most accessible deposit is in Ankara, Turkey and Wyoming’s Green River Basin in USA.
Synthetic soda ash is made using either the Solvay or Hou process and contains a number of different chemicals. Both methods leave behind byproducts and require either seaside discharge or waste beds to catch leftover impurities. These impurities have led to water pollution and overall deterioration of the surrounding environment.
Unlike the synthetic Solvay and Hou processes, Ciner uses an all-natural mining systems. Our all-natural approach keeps costs low, allowing us to distribute Ciner soda ash all over the world in a cost-effective and competitive manner. The Ciner methods is environmentally friendly and produces a pure, high-quality product.
Soda ash has a number of diversified uses that touch our lives every day. Glass manufacturing is the largest application for soda ash whether it is in the production of containers, fiberglass insulation, or flat glass for the housing, commercial building, and automotive industries.
Soda ash also is used to clean the air and soften water. As environmental concerns grow, demand increases for soda ash used in the removal of sulfur dioxide and hydrochloric acid from stack gases. Chemical producers use soda ash as an intermediate to manufacture products that sweeten soft drinks (corn sweeteners), relieve physical discomfort (sodium bicarbonate) and improve foods and toiletries (phosphates). Household detergents and paper products are a few other common examples of readily identifiable products using soda ash.
Soda ash has a number of diversified uses that touch our lives every day.