What is Natural Bitumen?

Natural Bitumen is also known as Asphaltum, Oil Sand, Utahite, or Gilsonite. Its structure is solid. Hydrocarbon or Solid Bitumen by high melting temperature. Gilsonite was discovered in the 1860s in the USA. After that in the 1930s, it was discovered in Turkey. This product is soluble in aromatic, aliphatic, and petroleum solvents as well.

Now the question is What are Gilsonite and its unique benefits?

The simplest answer is: The Gilsonite is used to harden and softer petroleum products. First of all, let’s explain Gilsonites history in more detail.

Generally, PUB-LTD Co. Gilsonite is a solid Hydrocarbon in black and fairly brilliant. It is soluble in Carbon Disulfide, Carbon Tetrachloride, and many other non-polar organic solvents.

Choose your industry below to learn more about Gilsonite and its benefits for your business.

Oil and Gas Industry:

Drilling Fluid


Other Industries:

Road and Asphalt


Ink, Paint, and Stain

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Gilsonite History:

As you know Gilsonite is an amazing mineral that is aimed at Asphalt and Asphaltum. Its story began in the early 1860’s first discovers and mining of Gilsonite did in 1888 by Samuel H. Gilson.

Wooden Products Waterproof Coating was the first usage of Gilsonite. Wire cable insulation and unique varnish are the other usages of Gilsonite. By this matter, Gilsonite enters the world markets. There were two kinds of this product. One of them had a low softening point with a conchoidal fracture and the other kind had a high softening point with penciled structure.

Gilsonite with a low softening point had a higher price rather than the second kind of Gilsonite because of its purity, good solubility, usefulness in the paint, stain, and varnish industries.

Nowadays, Gilsonite is classified into two types, Lump, and Powder, with different Ashes. There is mentioned more than 7 compatible products with Gilsonite as follows:

Microcrystalline Wax

Macrocrystalline Wax

Petroleum Resin

Oils and Tall Oil Pitch

Vegetable Oils

Petroleum Process Oil

Petroleum Asphalt