Today in this post let’s discuss about white spirit, what does white spirit means and what exactly it is, and what are its market demands.
Let’s get to know what it really is and its physical properties. White spirit is also known by the name of Mineral Turpentine or petroleum spirit. Not only the white spirit but other mineral spirits are also used as a paint thinner.
White spirit cleaners are quite popular these days due to its cleaning properties which have been proven quite effective in many cases. As far as the physical properties of white spirit are concerned, white spirit is flammable, it is colorless liquid as it is a mixture of petroleum hydrocarbons. People are quite familiar with the white spirit as paint thinner.
Other applications of white spirit include paints, coatings, waxes, varnishes, adhesives, printing inks, and so on. One of its major uses is that it is used for substance extraction. The paint industry holds the maximum share for the usage of white spirit.
Its uses also contain that it is used as a degreasing solvent, as well as a solvent in aerosols, varnishes, and even asphalt products. Taking into consideration its household uses, it is used in charcoal grills as a starter, to clean motor parts, cleaning of paint brushes after use, to use as an adhesive for non-porous surfaces, and many other things.
Since it has a huge set of applications across various industries, its demand is quite high. As of a market study conducted in 2016, the white spirit market was valued at a whopping $5,360 million which is predicted to be at $7,671 million from 2017 to 2023. However, due to its hazardous nature and its toxicity related concerns, it is expected to lower its market value in the near future.
White spirit markets are classified into types based on their application as well as based on their geography. Geographically, it is divided into North America, Europe, Asia-pacific and LAMEA.
Let’s take a look at its hazardous nature and how it decreases its market value. It causes no harm if it’s used in the right proportion, but its use in excess may have some serious impacts. Even exposure to white spirit for a prolonged period of time may have some serious health impacts. Health impacts also depend on the concentration of white spirit it is exposed to. Skin contact with white spirit may cause irritation, drying, and cracking of the skin.
Some overdose of white spirit could lead to stomach upset, abdominal pain, and can have adverse effects. In some cases, it may also have some adverse effects like it may be absorbed by the body causing drowsiness, heart problems, etc. inhaling it directly into the lungs may cause a severe problem such as pneumonitis, vomiting may be the result of swallowing white spirit.
Burning sensation in the eyes, if it comes in contact with the eyes. Vapors of white spirit may have effects such as irritation in the nose, throat all the way down to the lungs, may have problems in breathing, headache, and lack of coordination.