Glossary: Key Terms in the Chemical Manufacturing Industry

Amy Hawthorne

by Amy Hawthorne

19th August 2014

The multitude of technical terms in the chemical industry can get confusing. No matter how long you’ve known the industry, even experts can trip up on the key terms they use regularly. When searching online for definitions for particular terms in the chemical industry, any information on them can be either fragmented or overly detailed – this can lead to you searching more than one website to put together a competent definition for a key word or phrase.

We’ve compiled an A-Z glossary of many of the technical terms you’ll come across in the chemical industry, to help our customers understand some of the widely used (and not so common) technical terms in the chemical industry.

The glossary is packed with useful and clear information, as well as diagrams and videos to illustrate where necessary. We describe each term in sufficient detail as simply as possible, so you can have access to a quick point of reference whenever you’re confused about a definition.

You can find the glossary easily on our website’s footer or sidebar.

Our glossary includes diagrams to illustrate technical terms in the chemical manufacturing industry

Anatomy of an IBC: Our glossary includes diagrams to illustrate technical terms in the chemical manufacturing industry

Categories the glossary aims to cover include:

  • Chemical packaging and storage
  • Chemistry and scientific terms
  • Materials
  • Regulations in the chemical industry
  • Standards and accreditations
  • Training and problem-solving in the industry

We used our expertise and knowledge of the chemical and manufacturing industry to put the guide together. We have in-house experts in all areas of chemical manufacturing from chemists to bottling and packing experts. If there are any terms that readers feel should be included then please let us know.

We blog regularly on a range of chemistry, manufacturing and industry-related topics, so checking out our blog is a good way to keep on top of what’s happening in the industry. If you’d like to subscribe to our blog (which you can do below) you will also receive access to a useful guide that’s available exclusively to subscribers.


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