Brussels, Belgium (PRWEB UK) 16 March 2013
Cefic sector group Esapa, the European Soda Ash Producers Association, announced today the launch of its first-ever public website – http://www.esapa.eu. The site was built to improve the group’s visibility with the general public by explaining its activities.
The site provides a brief explanation of how soda ash is used as a raw material in the manufacture of glass products, such as bottles, flat glass, glass wool and tableware. It also notes how it is used directly or indirectly as a constituent in powder and tablet versions of household laundry and dish detergents.
The site additionally explains that Esapa member companies also produce sodium bicarbonate, used in animal nutrition, health and environmentally-friendly applications. The sodium bicarbonate market has grown rapidly in recent years.
Ten million tons of soda ash are produced yearly by Esapa members, as well as 1.2 million tons of sodium bicarbonate.
Esapa head Pieter van der Hoeven said: “There was need to launch the site because the sector remains out of sight with the general public. This despite the fact that the industry has existed for more than 100 years.
“The site begins to tell our story to the broadest possible audience that the industry is forward-thinking. It also attempts to show how soda ash and sodium bicarbonate help improve our quality of life.”
Esapa represents Solvay, CIECH, Tata Chemicals Europe, Novacarb, Sisecam and Eti Soda with 17 soda ash production sites in eleven different countries in Europe. For more information, go to http://www.esapa.eu – the Esapa website.