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Solvay increases NaHCO3 production in Italy

By Gerald Ondrey |

Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) today announces that its sodium bicarbonate production capacity extension at its Rosignano site, Italy, successfully started production. With this expansion, Rosignano will become the world’s biggest sodium bicarbonate production plant with a yearly capacity of 250,000 tons. Solvay manufactures sodium bicarbonate in Europe, in Egypt and in the U.S. With the capacity expansion in Rosignano, Solvay’s total production capacity for sodium bicarbonate has reached now 870,000 ton/yr. Sodium bicarbonate is marketed by Solvay under the brand name BICAR for a wide variety of applications, whose fast growth calls for additional production capacity. In particular, Sodium bicarbonate contributes substantially to the protection of the environment with the NEUTREC process, developed by Solvay for flue gas treatment. Furthermore, special grades of BICAR are used in several pharmaceutical and paramedical applications such as haemodialysis. The sodium bicarbonate plants in Dombasle, France, and Torrelavega, Spain, have recently also implemented the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Standard for APIs (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients), and obtained also the Certificate of Suitability…
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