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Clariant to expand mild surfactant production in the US and Europe

by Craig Bettenhausen
May 29, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 21

 

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Credit: Clariant
Clariant will expand the capacity of this surfactant plant in Spain.

Clariant plans to expand capacity to make isethionates, mild surfactants used in personal-care applications, at its plants in Mount Holly, North Carolina, and Tarragona, Spain. Isethionates are esters made from 2-hydroxyethanesulfonic acid and long-chain fatty acids, the latter of which are derived from natural sources like animal or vegetable fats. Clariant says the move, to be completed by the first quarter of 2021, reflects increasing customer demand for naturally derived soaps and lotions that are gentle on the skin.

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