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Croda builds first North American plant for sustainable non-ionic surfactants

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Croda International Plc, manufacturer of speciality chemical ingredients, has held a ceremonial groundbreaking on a capital investment through to 2017 (approximate EUR 151 million).

The new plant will be located at Croda’s Atlas Point facility in New Castle. Source: nazlisart/Fotolia

The new plant will be located at Croda’s Atlas Point facility in New Castle. Source: nazlisart/Fotolia

Croda is creating the first North American plant that will lead to 100-percent sustainable non-ionic surfactants, active emulsifying agents that help keep oil and water together, which are used in a range of products including coatings in the automobile industry.

Located at Atlas Point facility

The new plant will be located at the company’s Atlas Point facility in New Castle. "This investment represents a tidal shift, especially for consumer goods manufacturers who are striving for sustainability and performance,” said Steve Foots, Croda International Plc Group Chief Executive. "At Croda, sustainability is fundamental to who we are and what we do, and we’re proud to be launching this first-of-its-kind initiative here in North America.”

Reducing the use of fossil fuels

The expansion of Atlas Point’s operation will enable Croda to produce non-ionic surfactants from bio-ethanol while maintaining performance standards. By using bio-ethanol, Croda will reduce its use of fossil fuels by moving away from traditional petrochemical derived ingredients, taking yet another step to meet the growing needs of its customers for sustainable options that perform as well as non-sustainable options.

"Once again, Croda is leading the way in finding innovative solutions to meet customer expectations, and we are encouraged by their drive for renewable options,” said Foots. Croda officials are working with local leaders on the permitting details for the project and are encouraged by the collaborative process.

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