By definition, dry bulk trucking is the transportation of large quantities of dry materials either from their place of origin to the refinement facility, or to their end-destination. How many materials in your day-to-day life only exist as a result of dry bulk trucking? Probably many more than you think!
When we think of ‘dry bulk’ we often think of materials such as sand and gravel. These are indeed excellent examples, but far from all of them. Things commonly transported in dry bulk quantities include:
Each of these materials has huge impact on our modern lifestyle. For example, sand alone goes into the production of glass, concrete, mortar, artificial reef, paint and brink. Plus, it is used extensively in the metal casting industry as heat-resistant and reusable mold making material.
If you brush your teeth with mildly abrasive toothpaste you’re tapping into another dry bulk material, clay. Clay is used in a huge array of applications such as in toothpaste, mud masks, and other beauty products. However, it is also used for a number of industrial applications such as in mortar, brick making, drill lubricant, adobe housing, and more.
If you drive then you navigate on roads paved with asphalt made from dry bulk slag, atop soil stabilized with fly ash and lime. We walk on sidewalks laid with concrete made from cement, sand, limestone, and fly ash, while wearing cosmetics containing clay and talc. If we get injured, our casts will often be made from plaster containing gypsum.
Clearly, industrial minerals and dry bulk trucking have a massive influence over our daily modern lives. If you would like to know more about dry bulk trucking and industrial minerals, we invite you to contact us.