Active ingredient chemicals are particularly valuable when they are derived from a multi-step synthesis process. In most cases, the active ingredient is obtained in powder form as a high-concentrate. This ensures a long shelf life and allows for cost-effective packaging, transport and storage.
Highly concentrated chemical agents may show toxic properties. For this reason, a so-called "formulation" is carried out before the goods are released into circulation. Active ingredients are combined and blended with powdered carriers. For example, rock flour or kaolin can be used. In some cases, the mixture is even tableted, prilled, extruded or otherwise agglomerated. The active ingredient is then evenly distributed in the carrier substance. It is largely dust-free and free-flowing. It can be used in a similar way to a fast-dissolving instant drink. The active substance can be used safely in this preparation form. The end user can conveniently portion it before dissolving it in water. Crop protection agents are often applied in liquid form.
They are permanently gas-tight and quickly deliver ideal mixing qualities that cannot be improved in practice.