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 email@example.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.