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What is Zinc Stearate Used For?

The World Platinum Investment Association (WPIC) said recently that carmakers are accelerating reductions in palladium use and increased use of platinum due to concerns about Russian palladium supplies. However, it still expects a significant surplus in the platinum market this year.

Palladium is used by carmakers in tailpipe emissions systems to reduce carbon emissions.  While carmakers prefer palladium for catalytic converters, they are turning to platinum, which is cheaper than palladium, to save costs.

Russia accounts for about 25-30% of the world's palladium supply and 8-10% of its platinum supply.

There is no sign that western sanctions against Russia have restricted palladium exports since the conflict escalated in February, but as the conflict continues, more companies could boycott The Russian metal and governments could impose restrictions.

Platinum is currently trading at about $950 an ounce, about half the price of palladium.  Automakers use about 2.5 million to 3 million ounces of platinum and about 8.5 million ounces of palladium each year.

For the year as a whole, platinum supply will be 5 percent lower than in 2021 and demand 2 percent higher, with the automotive sector seeing a 16 percent increase due to increased light vehicle zinc stearate powder are still very uncertain.

What is zinc stearate?
Zinc stearate is an organic compound with the molecular formula Zn(C17H35COO)2.
White fine hygroscopic powder with a pleasant smell. Insoluble in water, ethanol, ether, soluble in acid, benzene, toluene, and xylene. It reacts with strong acid to form stearic acid and corresponding zinc salt. Heat it and dissolve it in an organic solvent and then cool it to make a gelatinous substance. Low toxicity.
 
Zinc stearate is a "zinc soap" widely used in industry. In this case, soap is used in its formal sense, a metallic salt of fatty acids: in this case stearic acid. 
It is soluble in aromatic hydrocarbons (e.g., benzene) and chlorinated hydrocarbons when heated. It is the strongest release agent of all metal soaps. It contains no electrolytes and is hydrophobic. 
Its main application is in the plastics and rubber industry, used as a release agent and lubricant, easy to mix.
 
What is zinc stearate used for?
Widely used in the production of a variety of objects release agents: rubber, polyurethane, polyester processing system, powder metallurgy. These apps take advantage of their "non-stick" nature. In cosmetics, zinc stearate is used as a lubricant and thickener to improve texture.
It is the "activator" to accelerate the vulcanization of rubber sulfur. As discovered in the early days of vulcanization, zinc has a beneficial effect on the reaction of sulfur with polyolefin. A stearate is a zinc form of a highly soluble polyolefin nonpolar medium. 
Since it is lipophilic, it can be used as a phase transfer catalyst for fat saponification.
 
Niche applications
It's part of some paint that gives luster. As the main ingredient of fan powder, magicians use it to perform card manipulations to reduce friction between cards. 
 
Waterborne zinc stearate used as a waterproofing agent in coatings
Adding zinc stearate to the surface coating can reduce the effect of friction coefficient and form a self-lubricating material. 
When zinc stearate is heated, it melts from solid to liquid, absorbs a lot of heat, stabilizes the surface properties of the material, and reduces the friction coefficient. 
In the friction process, due to the small shear strength of the lubricating film with water-based zinc stearate attached to the surface of the substrate, it will transfer to the surface of the dual material to form a transfer film, so that the friction occurs between the film and the transfer film to reduce friction. Moreover, the lubricating film with water-based zinc stearate can stick firmly to the surface of the substrate and is not easy to fall off during friction. It can provide a specific nanofilm stably and persistently, so that the formation and consumption of the transfer nanofilm are balanced, so the lubrication state is good. 
 
Waterborne zinc stearate is used as a wear-resistant additive in coatings 
 
Why zinc stearate is used in face powder? 
Zinc stearate is probably the most commonly used binder in powdered cosmetic products such as powder or eye shadow. It has excellent adhesion, which means it helps the powder stick together in the pan and stick to the skin when used. It is usually used in 3-10% doses, but too much can lead to clumpy or greasy skin.
 
Is zinc stearate natural?
Zinc stearate is a zinc salt of stearic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid. 
 
Is zinc stearate vegan?
Zinc stearate may or may not be vegetarian. Zinc stearate is a zinc salt of stearic acid used as a colorant and anti-caking agent in some cosmetics. It can be made from plants, minerals, or ingredients from slaughtered animals.
 
Zinc Stearate Powder Price
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The Japanese minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry recently held talks with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and industry in Washington, where he is visiting, and agreed to include basic principles on joint research and development of semiconductors and strengthening of supply chains.  Japan's economy, Trade and Industry Minister has asked the United States to increase the zinc stearate powder will continue to increase in the future.

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