Carbonic acid has found an extensive application in the oil industry, in mechanical engineering, shipbuilding, automobile construction and medicine. The product is also widely used in the food industry in the productoin of sugar, carbonated beverages, cocktails and beer. In its solid form, carbon dioxide is called ‘dry ice’, a product in high demand in the food processing industry for its ability to significantly increase the storage life of meat, dairy products, fruit and vegetables.
In 1992, TOAZ spun off its carbonic acid production facilities into a separate company called Dioxide. Comprising facilities to produce liquid carbonic acid, dry ice, and a plant to derive ammonia water, Dioxide has become a succesful company driving value from a byproduct of ammonia production that would otherwise go to waste.