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Evonik builds new production plant for personal- and household-care ingredients in Brazil  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Evonik Industries AG’s (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) endeavor to build a new production facility for cosmetics and consumer goods in Americana in the Brazilian state of São Paulo is moving ahead rapidly. The mid-double-digit million euro investment will go on stream 2014 and will create around 80 new jobs in total. “The total production capacity of around 50,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) is spread across different technologies to be able to offer a broad portfolio of locally manufactured products to our customers in the personal care and household care industries,” explains Patrik Wohlhauser, member of Evonik’s Executive Board and responsible for South America. The portfolio will include specialty surfactants, conditioning agents, emollients, emulsifiers, thickeners and fabric softening actives amongst others. "The production facility in South America expands our global Consumer Specialties production network and gives us a better access to the growth markets in South America. We chose Americana for this project because of its proximity to most of the Brazilian customers in the relevant industries," comments Dr. Claus Rettig, who heads up the Consumer Specialties Business Unit. Evonik already…
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