Main application areas of industrial starch

Industrial starch is a polysaccharide compound extracted from plant raw materials, and its main component is starch. It has a wide range of applications in industry and involves many industries. The following are some of the main application areas of industrial starch

  1. Food Industry: Industrial starch is commonly used as an additive in the food industry. It serves as a thickener, gelling agent, stabilizer, and emulsifier in the production of items such as bread, pastries, biscuits, condiments, and convenience foods. Starch is also utilized to enhance the texture, mouthfeel, and water retention properties of food products.

  2. Textile Industry: Starch is employed in the textile industry as a sizing agent for yarn, improving its strength and smoothness, ultimately enhancing the quality of textiles.

  3. Paper Industry: Industrial starch is used as a wet-end additive in the papermaking process to improve the strength, gloss, and printing properties of paper.

  4. Pharmaceutical Industry: Starch is commonly used as a binder in the pharmaceutical industry for the compression of tablets and the production of capsules, enhancing drug stability and solubility.

  5. Adhesives and Glues: Starch serves as a primary component in adhesives and glues, bonding materials such as paper, cardboard, wood, and others.

  6. Biodegradable Plastics: Some biodegradable plastics incorporate starch as one of their raw materials to improve the materials' biodegradability.

  7. Syrups and Confectionery Industry: Industrial starch can be converted into glucose syrup, which is used in the manufacturing of candies, chocolates, and other sweets.

  8. Alcohol and Brewing Industry: Starch can be converted into fermentable sugars for the production of alcohol, beer, and other fermented beverages.

  9. Paints and Coatings Industry: Starch is used as a thickening and gelling agent in some water-based paints and coatings.

  10. Gypsum Board Manufacturing: Starch acts as a binding agent in the production of gypsum boards, enhancing their strength and stability.

These are just a few of the primary application areas for industrial starch in various industries, and ongoing technological advancements may lead to further expansion of its applications.

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