Saccharin

Our wholly-owned subsidiary, JMC makes the highest quality saccharin and supplies it to some of the world’s largest quality-oriented, multinational food and medicine products.

Saccharin is an artificial sweetener that has been used for over one hundred years as a sugar substitute. Saccharin tastes over 300 times sweeter than sugar which means that it can be used in small amounts to reduce sugar consumption. Saccharin is commonly found in candies, cookies, some formulations of soft drinks as well as in mouth washes and as part of the tablet coating in medicines. We also produce the saccharin that is used to make table top sweeteners.

Saccharin has been extensively studied and both the US FDA and EPA have conclusively declared it safe for consumption. Current global health standards only regulate saccharin for impurities based on the Remsen-Fahlberg synthesis route, first developed over 100 years ago. However, many other manufacturers use an alternative synthesis route that can give rise to other impurities and by-products. Saccharin made by the alternative route can therefore comply with the standards but still contain significant impurities. We manufacture saccharin via the Remsen-Fahlberg route using mainly water-based processes and we manufacture all starting materials ourselves. We have on-site analysis facilities that test for all possible contaminants.

Saccharin from our plants is consistently of a higher quality and higher purity than from competing manufacturers. This is in line with the approach across the KISCO group – we produce high quality materials that are safe for our workers and our customers. We have been proudly manufacturing saccharin at our plant since 1953 and are now applying this experience to an increasing range of sulfur-based chemicals for use in applications such as fluorescent pigments/resins, medicinal intermediates, electronics, plastics and agricultural materials.

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Colors for Color Filters

We developed our experience with colors into a whole new business making dye-based color filters for Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs).

LCDs for televisions, laptops and phones use liquid crystals to control emission from a white backlight. The color of each pixel is controlled by a color filter – a colored, transparent film that turns the white light into blue, red or green. LCD color filters have typically been made from pigments. Tiny particles of these pigments are dispersed in a film and the nature of the pigment determines which colors are absorbed and which are transimitted. KISCO has a long history of developing new pigments but recently we have worked with some of Korea’s leading display manufacturers to develop a whole new type of color filter based instead on dyes.

Beginning in 2008, KISCO have developed new color filters based on dye materials in a $US3.4M project co-funded by the Korean government. While the particles in pigment based color filters scatter some of the light, dye based color filters are highly transparent which results in brighter, thinner displays with higher contrast. KISCO’s deep experience in developing highly stable, brightly colored dye materials has now resulted in a new generation of LCDs that are already in the market.