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In this blog I will highlighting on the history of one or our bestselling product Soda Ash. The intention of writing this blog is, to make a bright future we should be aware of past. The reason why we have something nice to cover our body or having an object in which we can look our own face is this start.
Before industrial revolution, sodium carbonate, often known as Soda ash was retrieved from natural source that is either from vegetable or mineral. Soda was made from ashes of certain plants or seaweed has been known since antiquity.
Around at the end of the 18th century, the available production was far below the immensely growing demand of the detergent and glass industry. The innovation of a process was given such an importance that, French Academy of science offered an award for the successful invention of the practical process to manufacture soda ash.
Innovator named Nicolas Leblanc proposed a process starting from common salt and obtained a patent in 1791.
The process was named after him as Leblanc process and it has another name called black ash process. It was developed in the period 1825 till 1890.
The major limitation of this process was its environmental impact, because this process emitted large amount HCl gas and the production of calcium sulphide solid waste which not only lost valuable sulphur but also produced poisonous gases.
So to overcome that limitation, Ernest Solvay in 1861 came up with a process which was perfected version of the Leblanc process. It was based on common salt, limestone and ammonia.
The competition between who was best lasted many years, But relative simplicity with reduced operating costs and above all reduced environment impact of the Solvay process ensured its success. Leblanc production had a decline in its curve of acceptability from 1885. Not only process was getting infamous, with Solvay process in picture the price of Soda Ash also dropped effectively and after First World War, black ash process got practically disappeared.
Since then Solvay process had the monopoly not only in Western Europe but all over the world.
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