The difference between fine and bulk chemicals
Fine Chemicals are high quality chemicals used in flavour, fragrance, tobacco, foundry, agro-chemical and pharmaceutical and other industrial applications.
The bulk chemicals such as ammonia, sulphuric acid, sodium hydroxide, chlorine and ethene are produced in a large scale. Whereas, fine chemicals such as drugs, pesticides, food additives and liquid crystals for flat screen TV's and computers are produced in a smaller scale.
The process also generates more waste products than making bulk chemicals.
BULK CHEMICALS: these are chemicals made on large scales (thousands or millions of tonnes a year), such as ammonia needed for farming or sulphuric acid.
FINE CHEMICALS: these are chemicals made on small scales and are needed for specific drugs or other industrial processes.