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Team Sirius wishes very much strength to all those who fight in her or his way against the Covid-19 virus and its consequences.

Artifical Intelligence

06 Aug 2020

The Sirius Effect: Artificial Intelligence may seem to be the stuff of science fiction, but the applications touch many parts of the chemical industry. Sirius considers approaching holidays in our manufacturers’ countries before they do. We collect data on historical supply and demand to learn and become better at predicting our customers order patterns. Sometimes… Read more

Value Chain

01 Jul 2020

The Sirius Effect: Supply lines were critically tested these past few months.  Thanks to our good relationships with both our manufacturers and our customers, we were able to keep ours open.  Building a robust supply chain is about more than just making sure people meet deadlines, though… One of the business lessons to be drawn… Read more

Your Partners

03 Jan 2020

from left to right: Annelies, Marco, Martina, Jonien, Charlotte, Leo The Sirius Effect What makes Sirius different? There are many companies acting as middlemen for sustainable cleaning chemicals. Like Sirius, some of them might even offer REACH registration services and supply chain management as well. But Sirius is different, not for its size or the… Read more

Security of Supply; SOS!

01 Aug 2019

Every business has its own goals, which help it grow. But what makes a company successful is establishing financial stability. One of the ways to do this is to minimize the expenses. That’s why, when it comes to making a decision about certain purchases, keeping the price low often is a top priority. There is… Read more

Customer intimacy

01 May 2019

With years of experience and success in the chemical industry, Sirius International is a proven trustworthy partner. We bring manufacturers and customers of chemical raw materials from all over the world closer together. But what’s our secret? We decided to open up and share some details from our process. We’ve implemented the Value Disciplines Model… Read more

Powders versus liquids

01 Apr 2019

Consumer behaviour is controlled by the invisible power of the not-so-invisible mass media channels and advertising campaigns. This is not necessarily a bad thing – society’s constantly striving to improve. Therefore, there’s a never-ending flow of innovations that are trying to attract people’s attention and money. Many factors can influence the success of a certain… Read more

Efficient container shipping

02 Nov 2018

What would our life look like without container ships? People rarely think about how their food, furniture or detergents have reached their homes. Thanks to the constant improvements in the field of transportation, moving goods from and to all over the world takes only a couple of weeks and can be surprisingly cheap. Benefits of… Read more

Influencing consumer behavior

04 Jun 2018

All the green cleaners and detergents in the world won’t help if people refuse to buy them. Persuading your average consumer to buy green products requires a nuanced understanding of psychology and an appreciation for the persistence of cultural memory, or the persistent myth that green products simply don’t work as well. This myth is… Read more

Scaling Up Packaging

01 Oct 2017

Making your own soap in the kitchen can be fun and educational, but mixing together products to make industrial-sized batches of cleaners and/or detergents presents additional challenges. Certain reactions can become dangerous on a large scale if they cannot exchange heat with the environment. By-products that are inconsequential in small quantities can become problematic at… Read more

Cold Wash Activation

13 Jan 2017

There are numerous advantages to using cold water for cleaning: it saves energy (and therefore money), offers commercial benefits when it comes to being perceived as “green”, prevents wear-and-tear on the fabrics, and it gets rid of dirt just as well as hot water.  However, there is one aspect in which hot water is supposedly… Read more

Anionics: sophisticated sulphur

01 Sep 2013

Sulphur is found abundantly in our nature and far beyond; as minerals in the earth’s crust, oceans and even in meteorites. Sulphur is as well a part of acid rain as it is of the amino acids in the human body. Canada is the worlds largest exporter of sulphur and China is its biggest importer…. Read more

Carboxy methyl cellulose: well done

01 Jul 2013

  Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) is is a thickener. For many years, CMC was the main ingredient in wall paper glue which we all know as a thick sticky substance on waterbase. Nowadays mainly cheaper starch derivatives are used in wall paper glues. Our customers apply CMC in two very different areas: washing powders and drilling holes…. Read more

Polymer dispersants: would you be so environmentally friendly … ?

01 Mar 2013

Many million liters of water flow through the water treatment- and detergent industries. With these liters, surface active substances flush into the environment. Also there they live up to their name; they are active in the surface water with often an unwanted and sometimes long lasting environmental effect. A known example are the phosphor- and… Read more

Carboxy methyl cellulose and other thickeners

01 Mar 2011

Carboxy Methyl Cellulose (CMC) is made from cellulose, a natural, green product which is present in wood and cotton. In our Newsletter October 2007 we already elaborated on the activity of CMC. CMC is a thickener and sequestering agent. Sequestring means keeping dirt in solution. When washing water is pumped away, dirt should not redeposit… Read more

Thickeners: cleaner through thick and thin

01 Feb 2010

  Liquid detergents are on the rise. They are easy to administer to surfaces and to stains before putting fabrics into the washing machine, and easy to administer into machine and manual dishes. But the liquids should not be too thin; it is easier to dose gels than water. And that is where thickeners come… Read more

Fabric softeners: Hard to get

01 Oct 2009

As we described before, Fabric Softeners make your laundry: feel soft anti-static less wrinkled smell fresh Chemically, Fabric softeners are long fatty chains connected to positively charged ions of Ammonium; Quaternary Ammonium compounds, shortly called “Quats”. History Chronologically, the fabric softener inventions were:  Clays, like bentonite clays have a layered structure; the layers hold… Read more

Ethoxylated Fatty Alcohols: mild for fabric, skin and wallet

01 Jan 2009

Fatty alcohols are hydrophobic; water repellent. To make a surfactant molecule out of fatty alcohols one side should hold a hydrophilic group. Like this, dirt can dissolve in the fatty part, while the hydrophilic group maintains contact with the water; the principle of washing. Contrary to negatively charged cleaners (anionic surfactants) and positively charged cleaners… Read more