This section is from the book "Alcohol, Its Production, Properties, Chemistry, And Industrial Applications", by Charles Simmonds. Also available from Amazon: Alcohol: Its Production, Properties, Chemistry, And Industrial Applications.
Looking at the table given on pp. 313.4, we get an idea of the numerous purposes to which industrial methylated spirit is put in the arts and manufactures.
Industrial alcohol, however, is not confined to ' methylated spirit, and still less to this particular form of it. In this section the term is used in its widest sense as embracing all forms of duty-free alcohol, ethyl or methyl. Thus in addition to industrial methylated spirit it will include, on the one hand, the "completely denatured ' products such as our " mineralised " spirit, and on the other, the specially-denatured or non-denatured spirits employed for special manufactures.
Nevertheless, the table mentioned gives a good indication of the chief purposes to which alcohol is put industrially, and it will serve very well to exemplify those purposes. It is therefore taken as a basis for the following discussion.