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Lonza selects Nansha for new vitamin B3 plant

By Gerald Ondrey |

Lonza Group Ltd. (Basel, Switzerland; www.lonzagroup.com) has selected Nansha, its leading high-tech life-science site in China, as location for its new vitamin B3 manufacturing site. The investment, which was approved by the board of directors of Lonza Group Ltd, will help to meet growing market demand, to fulfill long-term customer commitments and to defend and grow Lonza’s global leadership role in vitamin B3. The new site will enhance Lonza’s global competitiveness and will be ready to serve the global and Chinese food-, feed- and cosmetic market. The new facility will provide additional 15,000 metric tons of product per year, representing an increase of more than 40% over current capacity. Lonza will invest approximately CHF50 million in the construction of the new nicotinate plant over the next three years. The capacity will be added in phases, with the first phase expected to come on-line in 2011, followed by full operation in 2012. Nicotinates, including both nicotinic acid and nicotinamide, are vitamin B3 supplements used in the food, animal feed, and pharmaceutical industries.    
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