Safic Alcan

ChemSpec Solutions - Ensuring Your Magnesia Supply




So, do you currently use magnesium oxide (MgO) or magnesium hydroxide (Mg(OH)2)?  How much do you know about where it comes from and how it’s made? Most users are content with their one supplier because it just works. But what if that supply chain is interrupted? Are you ready—and more importantly—able to make a switch? Do you have a second source?

Many chemicals can be “drop-in” replacements for each other. But Magnesia products are different: each one typically reacts at least somewhat differently when compared to other similar products in compounding applications. And if you find two magnesia products that work exactly the same but come from different suppliers, there is a chance that it is coming from the same production source and the distributors are just using different trade names for the same product!


“Our sales team brings a wealth of knowledge to our customers in both operations and logistics” explains Anthony Mariniello, ChemSpec’s Technical Sales Manager for Magnesia-based chemistry. Our experience in the market has been to supply magnesia products to customers and help them understand the overall supply chain and how to better use these products technically across various compounding industries (rubber, thermoplastics, adhesives, etc.). We help advise from point of production to end-users, helping demystify the nuances of the various ways to make magnesia, and teaching our customers why they perform differently. Consequently, we show how a customer can adapt their process to various magnesias and optimize production. Furthermore, we offer various types of magnesia products, and represent one of only two major producers of Magnesium Oxide in North America.

If you are interested in finding-out more about the magnesia market and are looking to ensure you truly have at least two sources, talk to our experienced customer service and sales teams, who are readily available to assist your questions. We are here to supply you and your company with the resources needed to keep you in production, in case of unforeseen disruptions in supply.


ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is subsidiary of Paris, France-based Safic-Alcan. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics, waxes, functional fillers, and cosmetics market segments.

ChemSpec Announces Newest Addition to Cosmetics Sales Team

UNIONTOWN, OH – December 6, 2017 – CHEMSPEC, LTD. announces Michelle Barsoum as their newest addition to the Cosmetics Sales Team.  Michelle is now the Cosmetics Division Technical Sales Manager, reporting to Marie Graet, the Cosmetics Division Director of Sales & Marketing.

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Michelle graduated with a B.A. degree in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University. She started her career as a formulation chemist in skincare applications for a prestige beauty company. Michelle worked on complicated formulas where she incorporated several actives into different product forms and textures. Part of her role was also the procurement of specialty cosmetic ingredients.

Michelle lives in Middlesex County, NJ with her family and two boxer dogs and enjoys spending time at home. She is also a Makeup Artist and therefore always stays updated with new trends and upcoming products. She loves to be innovative and always tries to think outside the box when approached with challenges. She tutors kids at her local church on the side and enjoys volunteering whenever possible.

According to Marie Graet, “Bringing Michelle on board with us will help strengthen our cosmetics growth strategies in both technical and sales. Please join me in welcoming Michelle to our cosmetics sales and marketing team.”

Welcome Michelle!