Wax Emulsions Applications

A & W Products has over 20 years’ experience developing proprietary formulations that provide quality solutions to our customers. Our technical personnel have authored numerous patents in the field of emulsion technology and have worked to develop specific formulations for a wide range of applications.

As a privately owned family business, we value our relationship with our customers and provide levels of quality and service that you won’t even get with the large corporations.

You will find our products exceed the stability and quality of most other suppliers. The applications listed below is just a partial list of the many applications wax emulsions are used in.

Wax Emulsions for Treated Wood

Our emulsions have provided water repellency to the largest treated wood manufacturers in the world. Our paraffin wax emulsions provide the necessary stability to withstand treating chambers and are formulated to be compatible with wood treatment formulations.

Wax Emulsions for Coated Paper and Corrugated Packaging

Paraffin wax has played a key role as a surface modifier for coating paper applications. Packaging used for produce, meats, and seafood require coatings that provide strength and moisture resistance as well as resistance to grease and oil. These coatings must be comprised of FDA approved ingredients for food safety.

A & W Products has formulations specific for paper and corrugated packaging that are FDA approved. These formulations include paraffin wax emulsions and also a soy-wax emulsion that is made with 100% green products. Both formulations work well with various paper coating methods.

Concrete Curing Compounds

To achieve optimal results from freshly poured concrete, the curing rate must be controlled. If concrete cures too quickly, the concrete lacks strength. To slow the curing rate of concrete, wax coatings are applied to hold moisture in so that the concrete doesn’t dry too quickly.

Wax Emulsions for Gypsum Panels

Wax emulsions offer a safe, environmentally friendly solution to provide water-resistance to gypsum board, while increasing board strength. Using an emulsion is an environmentally friendly alternative to other solutions that require more energy.

OSB and Composite Wood Products

Paraffin wax or paraffin wax emulsions are used in the manufacture of Oriented Strand Board and Medium Density Fiberboard as a moisture repellent component. They also are used as an edge sealer in MDF applications. We have formulations with a variety of % solids and have also a formulated for use with PF resins.

Leather Finishing

Our wax emulsion products that include carnaubas, soy, and paraffins, are used in leather finishing. Wax Emulsions are also used to impart leather-like properties to synthetic materials.

Wax Emulsions for Textile Manufacturing

Wax emulsions provide water repellency to fabric. The emulsions are well suited for fabric impregnation, and combined with other products, water resistant effects are achieved. Our anionic paraffin wax emulsions offer an ideal alternative to wax for fabrics.

Waxes and wax emulsions are also used as sizing mixtures for warp yarns prior to weaving. The emulsions are added to the size mixture, or applied by a kiss roller after the primary size has been applied. The result is that the yarn holds up better during the weaving process, as the emulsion serves to protect, strengthen and lubricate the warp yarns. Benefits of using emulsions include improved water resistance of the size, reduced loose fibers and decreased friction.

Fabric Finishing

Wax emulsions enhance the performance of finishing compounds, such as softeners, silicones and resins. The waxes provide superior fabric properties such as improved flex abrasion resistance, tear strength, and sewability.

Inks and Coatings

Waxes improve effects as various as slip and lubrication, abrasion resistance, anti-blocking, matting and water repellency – all critical properties in the coating and ink areas.

FDA Compliance

We offer fully refined paraffin waxes that conform to FDA regulations the following:
•21 CFR 172.886 – for use in food
•21 CFR 176.170 – for use in components of paper and paperboard in contact with aqueous and fatty foods,
•21 CFR 176.180 – for use in components of paper and paperboard in contact with dry food.
•21 CFR 178.3710 – for use in non-food articles in contact with food
Conformation and limitations of these compliances are printed on each product’s Technical Data Sheet.

Each individual should make their own determination as to the suitability of the product(s) for his/her particular purpose(s).