FAQ: What Types of Products does Altiras Chemicals Buy?

Altiras Chemicals buys what it calls “secondary chemicals”.  This designation was coined by Altiras to refer to non-prime chemicals, including chemical coproducts, chemical byproducts, used chemicals, offspec chemicals, and surplus chemicals.  Altiras is engaged in beneficial reuse and therefore does not purchase prime chemicals on a regular basis unless such purpose ensures the reliable supply of a customers overall need, which is at least partially fulfilled by the use of secondary chemicals.

Often when this question is asked, people also want to have examples, so here are some examples…

  • Inorganic Acids: Used, co-product and byproduct Sulfuric, Hydrochloric, HF, Phosphoric, Nitric
  • Organic Acids: Used, co-product and byproduct Formic, Acetic, Propionic, Butyric, Fatty Acids
  • Alcohols: Used, co-product and byproduct Methanol, Ethanol, Propanol, IPA, Butanol, MIBC, C6-C12 alcohols, Fatty Alcohols
  • Alkali: Used, co-product and byproduct Caustic, KOH, other metal hydroxides, Bleach, Cleaners
  • Amines: Used, co-product and byproduct MEA, DEA, TEA, 2-EA, DETA, TETA, TEPA, mixed amines
  • Glycols: Used, co-product and byproduct Antifreeze, Ethylene Glycol, DEG, TEG, PEG’s, PG’s, Others
  • Olefins: Used, co-product and byproduct linear alpha olefins, non-linear olefins, short chain olefins, long chain olefins
  • Monomers: Used, co-product and byproduct Styrene, Ethylene, Propylene, Butadiene, Methyl Acrylate, Butyl Acrylate, MMA, VAM
  • Polymers: Used, co-product and byproduct PP, HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, PET, PVC, HIPS, ABS, Additives
  • Surfactants: Used, co-product and byproduct Cationic surfactants, Anionic sufactants, Non-ionic surfactants
  • Aromatics: Used, co-product and byproduct Benzene, Toluene, Xylenes, Ethylbenzene
  • Aliphatics: Used, co-product and byproduct Hexane, Helptane, Light Aliphatics, Mineral Spirits
  • Ketones: Used, co-product and byproduct Acetone, MEK, MIBK, MTBE, Cyclohexanone
  • Others: Used, co-product and byproduct Specialty Intermediates, API’s, Precious metals

For more information on this topic or other issues associated with the beneficial use or recycling of chemicals or fuels, please email us or call us at 713-568-3651.