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Solvay inaugurates second bio-based solvent plant in Brazil

By Mary Page Bailey |

Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium)  has just inaugurated its second plant dedicated exclusively to the manufacturing of its sustainable solvent Augeo, bringing its production capacity for the bio-based solvent from 6,000 up to 20,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr).

Solvay’s sustainable solvent innovation derives from a renewable source (glycerin) and is used in fragrances, personal care, household, and institutional cleaning items, paints and varnishes; it is also widely used in the agribusiness and oil and gas segments.

The product line has been created by Solvay’s Brazilian researchers and responds to the company’s global objective from its Solvay One Planet roadmap, to generate 15% of its revenue from either bio-based or recycled-based materials by 2030. 

Installed in the company’s industrial complex in Paulinia in the Province of  São Paulo (Brazil), the new plant already operates at full capacity, serving customers on different continents. The USA is the primary market for the product manufactured in Paulinia, accounting for more than 30% of exports, followed by Europe, Asia, and Latin America. 

“I am very proud of our teams that have been able to bring this new plant up to its full capacity from scratch and on schedule in these challenging times,” says Ilham Kadri, CEO of Solvay. “This new production unit is a beautiful illustration of how Solvay group is building stronger by bringing sustainable and innovative solutions to its customers.” 

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