End Product Uses

Fortier produces many chemicals that go into goods to make life safer, help improve and protect the environment, improve the productivity of the land and improve the longevity of many articles we use.

Acrylonitrile

Used to manufacture hard plastics, synthetic fibers, synthetic rubbers and as a fuel component for the space shuttle. Telephones, televisions, radios, CD players, as they exist today, are possible because of acrylonitrile. Acrylonitrile makes clothing and fabrics more durable and hold color and shape longer. Synthetic fibers and rubbers have allowed tires to be safely used on cars for more than 60,000 miles instead of the 20,000 or 30,000 we used to get, reducing the number of tires that go into landfills. Synthetic rubbers made from acrylonitrile last longer, are able to take more friction, can stretch farther and withstand higher temperatures.

Acrylonitrile is the major raw material for Acrylamide.

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Melamine

Used in hard plastics, Melamine is necessary to produce laminated plastics that gives counter tops longevity and makes them easier to clean. Melamine also acts as a formadlehyde scavenger in plywood, MDF and particle board. Melamine is used to make a product that gives materials flame-retardant properties. Melamine, when used in the production of polyurethane foam, makes that foam fire retardant. Melamine products do not require as much solvent when used in spray paint and adhesives as other resins. Because of Melamine, automobile and appliance manufacturers have reduced hazardous air emissions from spray paint booths.

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Sulfuric Acid

The most common chemical in the world today, sulfuric acid is used as a drying agent in the production of industrial gases. It is found in car batteries and is also used to refine gasoline. Fortier’s production is sold externally to the paper industry. During the manufacture of MMA, sulfuric acid is used in one of the reaction steps, generating a spent acid by-product. Fortier has invested $36 million in a regeneration plant to convert this spent acid back to high
quality product.

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Urea

Cornerstone Chemical produces high quality urea solutions for use in Agriculture, Stationary NOx abatement, and the Diesel Exhaust Fluid markets.

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