Formaldehyde is an essential substance in the chemical industry. It is used as a raw material or intermediate in numerous applications.
The raw material used in the industrial production of formaldehyde is methanol, or methyl alcohol. The methanol is evaporated and mixed with air. This gaseous mixture then goes to a reactor.
There, methanol vapour reacts with oxygen from the air to form formaldehyde. The gas that comes out of the reactor consists mainly of nitrogen and formaldehyde. Sometimes it also contains
some non-converted methanol. This gaseous mixture is led to an absorber, where the formaldehyde gas dissolves in water.
This produces the commercial product: a concentrated solution of formaldehyde in water, or formalin. Formalin is generally marketed with a strength of 37 or 55 weight percent formaldehyde. In ChemCom Industries’ own production facility,