Gum Damar

Gum Damar

Gum Damar

Gum DamarĀ is a natural resin obtained from Dipterocarpaceae family of trees, mainly those of Shorea and Hopea genus. This tree family is found predominantly in Sumatra, Indonesia. The quality is graded and determined mainly by the lump’s size, the purity degree and the color (dark brown to clear and a whitish to yellowish natural). It contains about 40% alpha-resin (resin that dissolves in alcohol), 22% beta resin, 23% dammarol acid and 2.5% water13. It has been mainly used as an emulsifier and stabilizer for the production of colour, paints, inks and aromatic emulsions in food and cosmetic industries and also in the manufacture of paper, wood, varnishes, lacquers, polishes and additives for beverages. It has been used for water-resistant coating and in pharmaceutical and dental industries for its strong binding properties.

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