Iodine and Derivatives

The world's largest Caliche reserves are in northern Chile and SQM owns a large part of them. Iodine is produced from this mineral, and SQM is the world's leading producer and also the lowest cost. We have developed a distribution and sales network on five continents, which makes it possible for our product to reach the health and technology industry, for various uses that improve people's lives.

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Qlodine - Iodine ACS / US / EP

Iodine is used in various medical, agricultural and industrial applications. It is the main component of injectable contrast media for clinical examinations, and is used directly in the production of various drugs. In the industrial area, iodine is used in various applications, including disinfectants for the dairy industry, biocides for paints and wood, herbicide, etc. treatments. SQM produces iodine, and through a Joint Venture with Ajay Chemicals, it produces organic and inorganic iodine derivatives. Likewise, SQM through Ajay or on its own, is actively present in the iodine recycling business both in Europe, in the United States and Asia.

Applications Qualities


  • Medios de contraste rayos-X
  • Nutrición humana y animal
  • Yodóforos (PVPI y otros)
  • Biocidas
  • Síntesis farmacéuticas
  • Film polarizador pantallas LCD/LED
  • Fibras de nylon
  • Polímeros de flúor


  • Grado USP/ACS/EP, gránulos

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