As it is so essential, Sulphur is commercially generated. The most common method is to sink wells in places with salt domes. They are also available in areas with petroleum and natural gas. Other methods used for its production are the Sicilian and Frasch processes.
The Sicilian method uses ores that bear Sulphur. These are piled and lit up. Heat is generated. Sulphuric elements are burned which are then collected. Sublimation is used to purify the elements. This process is used on elements obtained from crude oil, coal and natural gas.
- Agro – Used as a fertilizer, opposed to phosphate based fertilizers
- Animal Feed – Used in the production of animal feed products
- Chemical / Petrochemical – Manufacturing of Sulphuric Acid and Sulphur-based products such as Sodium Bisulphite. Also used in petroleum manufacturing
- Coatings and Construction – Used to manufacture adhesives and concrete blocks
- Food – Used in sugar refining
- Glass – Used in the manufacture of glass
- Metal Work & Machinery – Used in the manufacture of steel
- Pharmaceutical & Cosmetics – Used in lotions, creams, soap & skincare ointments
- Rubber Industry – Manufacture of rubber products such as tyres. Used as a vulcanising agent to link polymer structures