Switzerland: Capacity Expansion Clariant to Increase Production of Mild Surfactants in Europe and the USA

Editor: Alexander Stark

Clariant is expanding production capacity for its isethionates derivatives - Hostapon SCI - mild surfactants to support the increasing shift by personal care formulators and brands towards using mild surfactants to differentiate applications. It also supports the growing consumer trend for hygiene products.

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Clariant to increase mild surfactants capacity in USA and Europe, Tarragona site pictured above.
Clariant to increase mild surfactants capacity in USA and Europe, Tarragona site pictured above.
(Source: Clariant)

Muttenz/Switzerland — By investing in the production capacity for mild surfactants at facilities in Europe and the US, Clariant will bring additional capacity on stream during Q1 2021. Mild surfactants are a growing sector driven by consumers seeking new mildness claims, invaluable in helping formulators to answer needs for mild cleansing hygiene, sensitive skin solutions, solid formats and more natural ingredients.

The company's Hostapon SCI grades are natural, anionic mild surfactants. Plant-based, they are non-irritant, ultra-mild and compliant with a number of industry-recognized ecolabels, and create formulations with creamy, stable foams. They form part of Clariant’s broad portfolio of mild surfactants, the most comprehensive in the industry, for skin cleansing, hair care and baby care applications. Each one brings high level cleaning performance and specific foam types or thickening behavior to products, supported by different formulation benefits and consumer features.

As a global expansion, the investment targets capacity increase and general modernization of current facilities at the Mount Holly (USA) and Tarragona (Spain) manufacturing sites. The general asset modernization will optimize energy consumption and also aggregate options for new SI grades (different Carbon-chains).

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