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Croda achieves milestone in construction of Delaware renewable-surfactants plant

| By Mary Bailey

With the steel work that will house the main process reactor in place at its Atlas Point manufacturing site in New Castle, Delaware, Croda International Plc (Snaith, U.K.; came a step closer to completing the first plant in North America that will manufacture 100% renewable non-ionic surfactants.

The main process reactor will produce ethylene oxide from bio-ethanol, allowing for the creation of these new surfactants, which are active emulsifying agents used to bind oil and water in products like face creams, toothpastes, paints and laundry detergents. When the new plant becomes operational in 2017, these fully renewable ingredients will enable its customers to meet their goals to deliver 100% renewable, high performance products to their consumers.

“We’re very proud of this milestone and all the great things it represents for our customers, Croda and the state of Delaware,” said Bob Stewart, Managing Director of Operations – Croda North America. “This milestone is not only important to the production of these new surfactants; it also demonstrates a visual commitment to completing this project and Croda’s long-standing dedication to sustainability and putting innovation into action.”