Esters are non-hydrocarbon organic compounds derived primarily from the reaction of carboxylic acid with an alcohol. They occur naturally and are produced synthetically as well. Natural esters are found in fatty acids and glycerol, pheromones and aromas of fruits such as apples, pears and strawberries. Large esters have high boiling points while smaller ones have lower boiling points and are quite volatile. Small esters are soluble in water, but solubility decreases with carbon chain length.
One of the most commonly used small esters is ethyl ethanoate. It is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet odor used in perfumes, flavorings and pharmaceuticals. Ethyl ethanoate also acts as an organic solvent and is often used as a component of nail polish removers and lacquer thinners. Its low boiling point provides evaporative properties, making it useful in plasticizers and glues. For example, polystyrene cement consists of polystyrene dissolved in ethyl ethanoate.
Once the ester evaporates, the residual plastic binds surfaces together. Large esters can undergo a reaction with a strong base to produce the salt of a carboxylic acid and an alcohol. This process is called saponification and is the method by which soaps are produced. Esters also join repeating chains of polymers in the production of polyester. Polyester is the name used when referring to fibers that make clothing. The brand name is Terylene, commonly referred to as PET (polyethylene terephthalate) when producing bottles.
Why SolvChem® Custom Packaging Division?
SolvChem® Custom Packaging Division is a contract chemical processing company with more than 45 years’ experience in esters blending and packaging. We’ve built a reputation for quality and a customer-centric approach. Our qualified chemists, materials handlers and state-of-the-art equipment enable us to accomplish even the most challenging blends. As part of our customized approach, customers can rely on us for esters blending and packaging that meet their exact specifications whether traditional or specialized blends. All incoming raw materials undergo laboratory analysis to ensure they comply with strict quality control standards. We offer a range of filling services including blending for multi-size containers. Our customized packaging provides customers the exact quantity of esters they require.
As a leading, full-service contract chemical processing company, SolvChem® Custom Packaging Division provides customized service from blending to esters chemical warehousing. Our esters chemical storage is designed to save our customers time, space and expense. Safe handling and storage of chemicals requires trained personnel and a controlled environment. Our materials handlers are highly qualified professionals who are knowledgeable in esters chemical warehousing. The facility’s temperature is regulated to ensure safe esters chemical storage. All products are housed in a secure environment, allowing our customers to reduce inventory, gain space and better utilize their resources. A responsive in-house fleet and carefully selected common carrier partners ensure on-time delivery of the product. We understand that each customer is different and has specific needs. Our commitment to customized service from blending through packaging is what sets us apart from the competition. One call to SolvChem® Custom Packaging Division will ensure you receive a finished product precisely when you need it.