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Because of its prominent role in industry, aluminium is the second element to be highlighted in this series of monthly articles in commemoration of the International Year of the Periodic Table. Represented by the 'Al' symbol, aluminium has been used since classical antiquity. Known as alum, it was used in the form of a double salt and was used in very small quantities. The material we know and use today is far more 'recent', despite being the third most common element in the Earth's crust.

2019 has been chosen by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of the Periodic Table. This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the creation of the renowned table, formulated by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev who, in 1869, arranged the then-known elements according to their increasing atomic mass. With this first post about silicon, Barcelonesa begins a series of monthly publications dedicated to chemical elements that are essential to the industry.

The food sector has to innovate constantly in order to keep up with changes in the ever more demanding requirements of its consumers. Changes over the past 20 years have entailed a revolution in food technology. Healthy food products with "added ingredients" (omega3, calcium, etc.) are driving a new generation of avid consumers of healthy solutions, with a growing demand for "clean label" products.

Midway through 2018, Barcelonesa sent out a satisfaction survey to all its clients with two goals in mind: measuring the overall satisfaction rate and their perception of the quality of services offered. The overall results, as can be seen in the table above, were the following: Overall level of satisfaction: 4/5 stars and Overall level of loyalty: 4.5/5 stars.

Let's not fool ourselves: food additives don't have a good reputation. This perception may be the result of years of abusing the use of additives, but it is also due to a lack of information and misrepresentation of their nature, dosing, and state of development and technological innovation.

The added value of a good raw materials supplier lies in their ability to stay ahead of market trends and their capacity to offer customised products to each brand. Until recently, brands created trends according to colours and what was in fashion, thus setting the pace of the market, but due to growing consumer demand, this is no longer sufficient.

Shine has always been a sign of class and elegance for objects and the people who use or own them. The brightening process to make metal objects shine has been developed since ancient times and has been used on all kinds of metals, reaching amazing technical levels in order to provide maximum shine. Aluminium Brightening is one of the most commonly used finishes for surface treatments due to the wide-spread use of this material in all kinds of industries: lacquering, luxury packaging, jewellery, automotive, aviation, household appliances, food packaging, etc.

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