Aluminium Chloride

Airedale Chemicals Aluminium Chloride (AlCl3) is a chemical compound, most commonly used in the manufacture of aluminium metal and often cited as Lewis Acid. It is considered a highly versatile, inorganic substance that can be used as a catalyst in chemical reactions and syntheses required for the production across varying products.

Our Aluminium Chloride is a yellowish liquid in appearance and holds a sharp odour. As one of the UK’s leading aluminium chloride suppliers, we can facilitate orders ranging from 25L drums and 1000L IBCs to bulk quantities. If you are looking to buy aluminium chloride, contact one of our team to discuss your requirements or request our aluminium chloride MSDS.

Other Names: Aluminium Trichloride

This product is available in the following sizes

  • 25L Drum
  • 200L Drum
  • Bulk Transfer


Detergent & Cleaning

Aluminium Chloride is used in detergents as an acid catalyst when mixing benzene with alkene or chloroalkane to create alkylbezene sulfonates. Alkylbenzene sulfonates are one of four anionic surfactants with negatively charged hydrophyllic groups that are used in detergents to remove dirt from fabrics.


It is sometimes used in medication products, particularly prescription antiperspirants used to control sweating.

Paints & Coatings

Aluminium Chloride is used in the production of paint.


For the dyestuffs industry, the preparation of anthraquinone from benzene and phosgene through the Friedel-Crafts reaction is the major use for Aluminium Chloride.

Wood Treatment

Acts as a wood preservative

Water Treatment

Aluminium Chloride is used as a coagulant in the wastewater industry within the treatment of both industrial and sanitary wastewater. It has various applications within this industry including the removal of BOD and COD, the removal of phosphorous, the reduction of colour and sludge dewatering.

As a result of its high efficiency and excellent storage performance, Aluminium Chloride is consistently a popular choice for the wastewater industry.

Metal Processing

One of the primary uses for Aluminium Chloride is as a component in the production of aluminium. In the metallurgical industry Aluminium Chloride is used in aluminium smelting as a flux.

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