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WeylChem buys Unilever’s Catexel detergent catalyst business

by Rick Mullin
November 12, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 45

 

WeylChem Group has acquired Catexel Technologies, the home-care, cellulosics, and synthesis division of Unilever Ventures. WeylChem says the deal will broaden its portfolio of performance cleaners with the addition of oxidation catalysts and bleach activators. Unilever’s original manganese(IV)-based bleach activator got off to a rocky start when it was introduced in Persil Power laundry detergent in 1994. It acted not unlike straight bleach, leaching colors and causing structural damage to clothing.

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