Iodine Manufacturer North America
With over 30 years of production experience, IOCHEM Corporation is the largest iodine manufacturer of medical-grade iodine in North America.We are dedicated to producing the highest quality of flake iodine, prill iodine, resublimed iodine and recycled iodine on the market.
IOCHEM Corporation began production of iodine near Vici, Oklahoma on October 2, 1987. Production has been expanded until today. IOCHEM is the largest producer of iodine in North America, manufacturing about 1200 metric tons per year in a modern facility.
IOCHEM Corporation maintains a rigorous quality program. Although the minimum specification is 99.5%, IOCHEM’s material typically exceeds 99.8%. IOCHEM is proud to supply iodine as flakes, prills, or prills to customers in the medical and industrial markets.
There are very few places in the world where iodine exists in sufficient concentration and volume to be produced commercially. One of these is the northwestern part of Oklahoma. It is believed that about 320 million years ago, much of the region was under water and that a large river or estuary existed that contained a type of seaweed that concentrated iodine from the seawater. Great movements of the earths tektonic plates and erosion of the nearby Washita and Arbuckle mountains eventually completely filled the river and created an iodine rich layer of sandstone that now lies deep beneath the surface.
As a leading manufacturer of iodine products, IOCHEM Corporation now has over sixteen production wells drilled to depths of about two miles that extract brine from the sandstone layer. These brines contain from 300-400 ppm of iodine, mostly as sodium iodide.
The iodide containing brines are oxidized to convert the iodines to elemental iodine. The iodine is insoluble in brine. The elemental iodine is separated by blowing air through the brine in a large tower. The iodine vapors are stripped, reduced and reabsorbed into a more concentrated iodide solution. This solution is again oxidized to elemental iodine that is melted, flaked or prilled, and packaged into 50-kg fiber drums or various sizes of tote bags.