Emerald announces expansion plans to increase global capacity for Purox® S sodium benzoate

February 02, 2017

On the heels of an expansion to double capacity for benzoic acid in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Emerald Kalama Chemical, a business group of Emerald Performance Materials, announced it has entered the planning phase for a large scale expansion of Purox® S sodium benzoate that will add 30 KT of capacity and significantly increase global capabilities.

"As a leading global producer of sodium benzoate, our customers trust our ability to provide a worry-free supply by executing growth initiatives that will allow us to continue to meet the needs of rising demand, both now and in the future," said Paul Hogan, vice president and general manager of Emerald Kalama Chemical's benzoates and intermediates business.

Hogan continued, "With this expansion to add further capacity for sodium benzoate, we will continue ramping up capabilities to support both emerging and key segments, such as food and beverage, where it is highly valued for its relative safety and efficacy in protecting products from microbial growth. In addition, sodium benzoate is growing in importance for applications such as personal care, as consumers seek products labeled organic and free of parabens, sensitizers and formaldehyde donors."

Sodium benzoate is used as a safe, effective preservative and antimicrobial in applications such as food, beverage, pharmaceuticals and personal care. Kalama® and Purox® brand sodium benzoate is particularly valued for its high purity, quality, reduced caking, low odor, excellent taste profile and high color stability. In personal care, it is approved for use in products labeled organic by Ecocert and is also an alternative to paraben and formaldehyde-donating preservatives. Furthermore, it is considered non-irritating to the skin by a World Health Organization assessment.

Emerald Kalama Chemical is a leading global supplier of benzoic acid, benzaldehyde, benzyl alcohol and benzoate salts, produced at the company's ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and FSSC 22000 certified operations in Rotterdam and Kalama, Wash. (USA). The company's portfolio of benzoic acid products is FDA-approved and GRAS-classified. Emerald Kalama Chemical also produces Kalama® high purity flavor and fragrance ingredients and K-FLEX® low-VOC, non-phthalate dibenzoate plasticizers and coalescents

For information on these or other Emerald products, visit www.emeraldmaterials.com or contact Emerald Kalama Chemical Customer Service in the U.S. toll-free at 800.223.0035 or +1.360.954.7100 or in Europe by phone at +00.31.88.888.0512 and by e-mail at purox.info@emeraldmaterials.com.

About Emerald: Emerald Performance Materials produces and markets technologically advanced specialty chemicals for a broad range of food and industrial applications. Emerald® products play a variety of roles in the products that are consumed and used every day, enabling them to last longer, look, smell, taste or perform better. Emerald products are used in aerospace, food, beverages, cosmetics, toothpaste, household products, paint, tires, automobiles, sports gear and many other applications. Emerald has three business groups, six operations and more than 700 employees.