According to a new report published by Transparency Market Research, the global potassium fluoroaluminate market will expand rapidly during 2018-2026, owing to its extensive usage in manufacturing of soldering agents and increasing demand for potassium fluoroaluminate in manufacturing of abrasives. As per the report, this is prompting companies to increase production of potassium fluoroaluminate. Moreover, easy availability of raw materials is expected to fuel the demand for potassium fluoroaluminate during the forecast period.
Potassium fluoroaluminate is an organic chemical with the formula KalF4. It is manufactured by reacting hydrogen fluoride, aluminum hydroxide, and potassium hydroxide in an aqueous medium under vacuum. Used as an active filler in resin bonded abrasives for metal treatment, potassium fluoroaluminate is also employed as a component in coatings of welding rods and welding powders, and as fluxing agent in soldering of aluminum.
Aluminum is an attractive substitute for metals such as steel and copper and can be easily formed into components. Furthermore, these components can be assembled by brazing together to produce complex configurations. A filler metal with a lower melting point than that of the base metal and a flux are necessary for aluminum brazing to form joints. Potassium fluoroaluminate, when used as a brazing flux, disrupts the natural surface oxide, promotes wetting and spreading of the filler metal into joints, and prevents re-oxidation. Flux can be applied as a powder or as a formulated paint or paste.
In terms of application, the potassium fluoroaluminate market is divided into abrasives, soldering agents, and welding agents. The soldering agents segment accounts for a majority of the share due to extensive use of potassium fluoroaluminate in aluminum soldering flux applications in emerging economies such as China and India.
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