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Silica Gel in Bulk

Whilst most frequently used in sachets, silica gel has a number of applications in its loose form.
These include use in transformer and breather units, in desiccators, for dynamic adsorption processes and for drying flowers.


There are different grades of silica gel - non-indicating (white)
and three self-indicating types (orange to green, orange to colourless and blue to pink).

There are two physical forms of the silica gels,
bead (more uniform sphericals) or granular (irregular crystals
which are further sub-classified by the diameter of their particles.

Non-indicating (white) silica gels


2 - 5 mm and 1 - 3 mm bead

0.2 - 0.5 mm, 0.5 - 1.0 mm and 3 - 6 mm granular

Standard white, non-indicating silica gels offer the highest weight for weight moisture adsorption capacity.

Self-indicating silica gels

Orange to dark green


2 - 5 mm and 4 - 8 mm bead

0.5 - 1.0 mm granular

Using an organic indicator this silica gel offers a very strong orange (dry) to dark green (near exhausted) colour change.
Mostly used in the low dusting, beaded forms. 

Orange to colourless


2 - 5 mm bead

1 - 3 mm and 3 - 6 mm granular

Using iron salts as the additive, this high capacity desiccant changes from a deep orange (dry) to a very pale yellow colour
in an exhausted state. The indicator is very robust, making this silica gel well suited to repeated regeneration and reuse.
Available in both granular and beaded physical forms.

Both orange self-indicating silica gels are non-toxic materials developed following
the reclassification of blue to pink self-indicating silica gel as a toxic material in the year 2000.

Blue to pink


2 - 5 mm bead

0.5 - 1.0 mm and 3 - 6 mm granular

Changing from blue (dry) to pink in it's near-exhausted state and still popular in many regions and industries,
it is the cobalt in the cobalt chloride indicator that is responsible
for the toxic labelling and disposal restrictions on this grade of silica gel.
It still though remains, not regulated as dangerous goods for transportation purposes.

All self-indicating silica gels are sold in bulk or can be packed into sachets.

Pack sizes

We offer the silica gels packed in a range of standard size foils, tubs, tins and drums.

All granular silica gels

With a lower bulk density (~ 650 to 700 grams per litre), these pack

500 gram and 1 kg plastic containers or sealed foil bags

3 kg and 10 kg poly-tins

25 kg steel drums, cardboard kegs and poly-sacks

140 kg steel drums

All beaded silica gels

With a higher bulk density (~ 750 to 800 grams per litre), these pack

500 gram and 1 kg plastic containers or sealed foil bags

3 kg, 4 kg and 12½ kg poly-tins

25 kg steel drums, cardboard kegs and poly-sacks

150 kg steel drums


Fine granular silica gels (0.2 - 0.5 mm or 0.5 - 1.0 mm) are suitable for drying flowers.
Dynamic adsorption processes often require a large silica gel (2 - 5 mm bead or 3 - 6 mm granular)
that allows air to be passed through them.
For desiccator units, medium silica gels (1 - 3 mm or 2 - 5 mm) are preferred.

When considering a volume to be filled, approximately 650 - 800 grams of silica gel occupies 1 litre of space,
with granular silica gels at the lower end of the range and beaded materials at the higher.

All packaging types are sold in singles or multiples.
Unit prices fall as volumes rise.

We are also able to sell silica gel in other non-standard size packs, according to customer's requirements.
These foils, tins and drums can be custom labelled as requested.

Advantages of silica gel as a desiccant

Silica gel has many properties that recommend it as a desiccant.

It will adsorb up to 40% of its own weight in water vapour. This adsorption efficiency is approximately 35% greater
that typical desiccant clay, making silica gel the preferred choice where weight or efficiency are important factors.

It has an almost indefinite shelf life if stored in airtight conditions.

Most grades can be regenerated and reused if required.
Gently heating silica gel will drive off the adsorbed moisture and leave it ready for reuse.

It is a very inert material, it will not normally attack or corrode other materials
and with the exception of strong alkalis and hydrofluoric acid is itself resistant to attack.

It is non-flammable.

It is most frequently and conveniently used packed in a breathable sachet or bag.
These are available in a wide range of sizes suitable for use with a wide range of applications.

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