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EU says No to Palm Oil for Biofuels. Candles will be next.

The European Parliament decided to phase-out the use of Palm Oil in transport fuels by 2021.
EU lawmakers also decided to cap other crop-based biofuels, such as soy and rapeseed, at the 2017 consumption levels until a complete ban on the use of vegetable oils in transport fuels by 2030.

Although environmentalists agree that plant-based fuels burn cleaner at the pipe, the concerns over biofuels’ ties to environmental destruction, human rights violations and impact on food prices have dampened the enthusiasm over what was once seen as a viable alternative to fossil fuels.

Biodiesel from virgin vegetable oil leads to around 80% higher emissions than the fossil diesel it replaces, when accounting for the loss of carbon sinks such as peat lands, paired with the destruction of forests. Palm Oil has the highest greenhouse gas emissions of all the sources of biofuel for transport.

Europe might be a frontrunner, but a similar movement could happen in the US where the Renewable Fuel Standard program has resulted in a surge of biofuels from corn and soy. The rationale of this program was that biofuels would be cleaner and reduce the need for foreign oil. However, this program also helped to ignite a food-versus-fuel debate as opponents say land could be used to grow food instead of crops.

At Alpha Wax, we estimate that the EU ban on Palm Oil will have the same consequences for the use of hydrogenated vegetable oils in candles, sooner or later. Already today, we see an increasing number of candle makers opposed to the use of Palm, Soy or Rapeseed (Canola) as a raw material for their candles for environmental and social ethical reasons, despite that vegetable feedstock can yield favourable pricing.

To facilitate this trend, Alpha Wax has developed a selection of high quality, tailor made wax blends for the production of glass-filled and stand-alone candles, free of any vegetable or animal fat ingredients. These wax blends contain only the newest and most innovative synthetic waxes available, resulting in maximum performance.

You can find these waxes on our Products Page under Carisma Jar T02, T06 or T08, or contact our Sales Department for further details.

Joe Lasaponara and Lindsey Barnes join Alpha Wax USA, Corporation

We are pleased to announce that effective January 1st, 2018 Joe Lasaponara will join Alpha Wax as a Sales & Business Development Manager at Alpha Wax USA.

Joe has amassed over twenty years of experience selling specialty and commodity chemicals to a variety of markets (Imaging, Coatings, Plastics, Personal Care, Adhesives, Wax Blenders and Lubricants) from several positions for various companies in the USA, including: Ajinomoto, Baker Hughes and Koster Keunen.

Joe’s experience will enhance our growing sales team and market presence in the United States. He will be working from his home office in New York and can be contacted regarding our wax products at: Joe.Lasaponara@alphawax.com .

Additionally, industry veteran Lindsey Barnes has joined the Alpha Wax USA team.

Lindsey, who has joined our team in December as our Product Development Manager, brings his technical knowledge and skill to enhance our team’s ability to custom formulate for the North American market.

With almost 40 years of experience in waxes, Lindsey has extended knowledge of wax production, blending and processing. He gained expertise at the Bareco division of Petrolite (now Baker) and as Technical Director at Citgo and Masterank.

At Alpha Wax USA Lindsey will be responsible for developing tailor made blends for customers and optimizing production at our wax storage and blending facility in New Orleans.

Lindsey will be working from his home office in Beaumont and can be contacted at: Lindsey.Barnes@alphawax.com .

Please join us in wishing Joe and Lindsey all the best and every success in their new positions.

We can offer Shell Slackwaxes again!

Three years ago, we had to unfortunately inform everyone that the Shell base oil plant in Pernis (Rotterdam) would shut down beginning January 2016. A direct consequence of this closure was that not only were there no base oils anymore, but the production of the Shell Slackwaxes (SPO,LMO,MMO) and Shell Microwaxes (LMP,MMP,HMP) would also come to an end. Naturally, this was a big shock for us and for all our customers.

However, as of this week our situation has changed and the world suddenly looks very different! Over the last two years Shell has invested in their base oil plant in Bukom (Singapore), which has resulted in the availability of Slackwaxes (SPO,LMO) from this location. The great news is, the quality of these products will be exactly the same as before and volumes are guaranteed for long term.

Shell has chosen and appointed Alpha Wax as the distributor of these Slackwaxes in Europe and the United States. As of the 1st of Juli we can offer you SPO and LMO from our tank terminals in Rotterdam and Houston. As you can imagine, we cannot wait to contact you and inform you of this great news!

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 sixty 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.