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We will make America great again!

We are expanding our wax activities in the American market and have hired Lisa Hunt to help us with our endeavors. With her extended experience and knowledge of the wax market, Lisa is a valuable asset to our team.

She will be responsible for the sales of our waxes from our diverse portfolio but will also be accountable for product development in the United States. As a result, we will be able to offer you a wide range of high quality waxes, ranging from standard products to specially developed blends specifically for your application, while continuously maintaining high standards.

Our portfolio consists of: Slackwaxes, FT Paraffin waxes and Microcrystalline waxes. All of these waxes are available in liquid bulk from our tank storage and blending facility in Houston. The majority of our waxes will also be available in packed form.

Because of this we can say with certainty and a humble dose of pride: We will make America great again!

Alpha Wax at European Coatings Show, Nuremberg

Alpha Wax will attend this year’s edition of the European Coatings Show, which will be held 4 – 6 April 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany.

During this international gathering of the coatings and paint industry Alpha Wax will launch its brand new product line of high quality microcrystalline waxes.

Besides this exclusive range of microwaxes we will also present our full range of: Shell FT waxes, Trecora Polyethylene Waxes and our customised wax blends for the coatings industry under the name of Carisma Wax.

Please meet our people and visit our stand 272 in Hall 4.

Alpha Wax appointed as Distributor for Trecora Chemical Polyethylene waxes in Europe

Trecora Chemical Inc, a producer of Polyethylene waxes based in Pasadena, Texas, USA has appointed Alpha Wax as its distributor in Europe. The addition of the Polyethylene waxes will complement our current wax offerings to the market and enable us to better serve the needs of our customer base.

“We are delighted to enter this new partnership with Trecora Chemicals,” Dick Haan, CEO of Alpha Wax BV, stated. “Trecora’s outstanding range of high quality products and their customer oriented approach fits in perfectly well with our mission to provide the maximum and the most flexible service to European end-users of waxes.”

“Alpha Wax is perfectly equipped to expand our reach in Europe and enable us to gain access into key wax markets,” Peter Loggenberg, President of Trecora Chemical Inc said. “Alpha Wax has a great reputation in the wax market as a company focused on customer satisfaction and we look forward to growing our business together.”

You will find a complete overview of these high quality Polyethylene Waxes here

Send a Cow with Alpha Wax

11 December 2014

Send a Cow with Alpha Wax

As you know, Alpha Wax has been an ambassador for Oxfam NOVIB for many years. This organization offers micro financing loans to thousands of new entrepreneurs in developing countries. During 2013 Alpha Wax visited a number of projects run in Uganda. We were able to see with our own eyes how effective and direct the organization’s programs really are.

At the end of last year we thanked our customers and other partners for their support and trust in our company by giving them a cow. Well, not directly, we gave these cows away on behalf of our good partners to farmers in Uganda. After all, entrepreneurs should support one another, right? By doing so, we were able to help 250 farmers and their families. These cows namely, allowed the farmers to generate a sustainable income to buy food and clothing for their families, to send their children to school, expand their businesses and to build up a brighter future.

Because this action was such a big success we decided to do it again this year. On behalf of the whole team at Alpha Wax, we wish all of you, including the beautiful people in Uganda, a wonderful New Year.

Base oils plant Shell Pernis closed from 2016

After sixteen years of loyal service, Shell’s base oils plant in Pernis will be closing its doors from January 2016.

This closure will also have consequences for Alpha Wax, because Slack waxes (SPO, LMO and MMO), Micro waxes (LMP, HMP) and Foots oils (FOM) will no longer be produced at this site from 2016. The base oils plant in Pernis was an important source for our raw materials, and we only expect to notice the full consequences of the closure in two years’ time.

Extra reserves
In the build-up to 2015, Shell intends to increase production so it can create large reserves of Slack waxes, Micro waxes and Foots oils. The waxes are expected to be available at this site until well into 2016.

New partners
Furthermore, Alpha Wax is currently working very hard with new partners so we can continue offering raw materials to our customers after 2016.

From now on, our website will feature regular updates about relevant developments.

The Tallow Candle

19 December 2012

The Tallow Candle

In the dark days before Christmas, a 190-year-old fairy tale by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) has been discovered. The fairy tale is about a disillusioned, grimy tallow candle looking for acknowledgement, which it finds when its flame is lit by a tinderbox, the precursor to the lighter. The story was discovered accidentally in October by an amateur historian and is considered Andersen’s first venture into the fairy tale genre. It is less sophisticated than his later works, but the basic theme so typical of Andersen is clearly present: good overcomes evil despite bad influences. And that is a wonderful promise so close to Christmas…

The Tallow Candle

It sputtered and spattered while the flames leaped around the cauldron; it was the tallow candle’s cradle, and out of that warm cradle a beautiful candle was born, so immaculately white and slim that everyone predicted a bright and radiant future – promises that it was believed he would fulfil.

The sheep – a lovely little sheep – was the candle’s mother and the melting pot his father. From his mother he inherited his radiant white body and sense of life, and from his father an all-consuming craving for fire, that would make him ‘shine’ for the rest of his life.

This was how he was born and had grown, and he thrust himself into life with the highest and brightest expectations. Here he met so many marvellous other creatures with whom he spent much time because he was so eager to learn about life – hoping to find where he belonged.

But he was too open-hearted and the world cared only for itself and not at all for the tallow candle. The world did not understand the purpose of the tallow candle, and used him only for its own benefit and took hold of the candle wrongly, creating bigger and bigger smudges with black fingers on its pristine white innocence, which gradually disappeared beneath the grime of the outside world, a world that had come too close, closer than he could bear. He could not tell the difference between pure and impure, but deep inside, beneath all the grime, he was still innocent and pristine.

When his false friends saw that they could not reach his soil, they cast him away as worthless. But his grimy outer layer repelled all the good friends, too, who were afraid the black would rub off, staining them, and so they kept away.

So the poor tallow candle was all alone, abandoned, at a loss as to what to do. He realised that he had been rejected by the good and had only been a tool to further the wicked. He felt so tremendously unhappy about his meaningless life and believed that he had perhaps even tarnished the beauty of his surroundings. He did not understand why he had been created, why he had been put on this earth – perhaps to ultimately ruin his own life and that of others.
He sank deeper and deeper into thought, but the more he thought, the more despondent he became, as he did not see anything positive, any true meaning or purpose with his life. It was as if the grimy layer had also covered his eyes.

But then he met a little flame, a tinderbox. The flame knew the candle better than he knew himself, as the tinderbox could see clearly – straight through to the core – and inside he saw so much good. So he came closer and the candle felt his spirit lift – he lit up and his heart melted.
The flame brightened like a torch of joy at a wedding. Everything around him became lighter and brighter, and that paved the way for all those around him, for his true friends, who could now seek truth in the glow of the candle.

But his body, too, was strong enough to carry the fiery flame. Drop by drop, round and full, like the seeds of new life, the candle grease dripped down the candle and covered the old grime – not only a physical, but also a spiritual harvest of the wedding.

The tallow candle had found his rightful place in life and had shown that he was a real candle, one that would shine for a very long time for his own pleasure and for that of the creatures all around him.

(Dutch translation: Edith Koenders for De Volkskrant)

'Worst wax museum ever' closes doors

Wax can be used to make beautiful figures… but also very ugly ones.

The latter was proven by British wax museum Louis Tussauds. The famous people at the museum have been so poorly copied that one starts to appreciate the accompanying name cards, because not many visitors will spontaneously recognise the famous personalities.

Elderly couple June and Peter Hayes opened the museum many years to compete with the famous Madame Tussaud. Although they failed to achieve their initial objective, the museum still attracted many visitors, primarily due to the cult status it gained after being awarded the title of ‘Worst Wax Museum Ever’. However, due to the absence of potential buyers, doors to the museum are now being closed to make way for residential property.

If you want to see how the real professionals make wax figures, click here

Photo text: Do you recognise him? Then let us know! Successful entries will go into a prize draw for a number of “House of Wax” DVD’s.

Alpha Wax member of the FEICA

28 September 2012

Alpha Wax member of the FEICA

Alpha Wax recently became a member of the FEICA (short for Fédération Européenne des Industries de Colles et Adhésifs).
The FEICA is an international organisation that represents the interests of companies involved with (hot-melt) adhesives.

Alpha Wax Sales Director Arjan Sjardijn is pleased that his company has been able to join this sector organisation: “The FEICA was founded in 1972 and has become an important representative for the various (hot-melt) adhesive organisations in the European Community.”

ICIS publishes ‘Forbes list’ of chemical distributors

ICIS, the world’s largest and most authoritative petrochemical market information provider, recently published its latest list of the Top 100 largest chemical distributors.

The German concern Brenntag (400 locations in 68 countries) still stands proudly at the top of the list, with sales of 8.7 billion euros in 2011.
Alpha Wax also gets a name check, ‘bubbling under’ worldwide at number 107, thanks to sales of almost 61 million euros in 2011.

Alpha Wax CEO Dick Haan: “Not bad for our relatively young company. It’s very gratifying to see our name listed among all these petrochemical giants.
However, with our specific expertise in waxes and wax distribution we are and will always be a specialist. In this respect I think we are already among the absolute top players worldwide.”

The Top 100 can be downloaded at ICIS.

Creative with wax

27 April 2012

Creative with wax

No, this is not modern wax-art. This and other models are made by Clemente Susini and were created in Florence between 1803 and 1805. The torsos and partly opened body parts were made for scientific purposes: they gave doctors and students an insight into human anatomy. In the meantime, the fantastic sculptures are regarded as works of art. According to experts, they are among the most beautiful sculptures of this kind in the world.

The recently published book, ‘Flesh and Wax: Clemente Susini’s Anatomical Wax’, presented these 23 wax models in an extremely detailed manner. They offer an intriguing insight into the world that borders between art and science. The use of wax models for anatomical studies is now an age old practice: the earliest known examples date from the year 1690.