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Baerlocher Expands Oleochemicals Plant in Brazil to Serve Industries in Latin America

Published on 2016-03-01. Author : SpecialChem

AMERICANA, Brazil & MUNICH, Germany -- Baerlocher announced the completion of a second phase of expansion at its oleochemical plant in Americana, Brazil. The project enables Baerlocher do Brasil to swiftly supply customers across diverse industries within Latin America.

Fig. 1: Baerlocher

Since 2013, Baerlocher do Brasil has invested nearly US$ 20 million in extending and enhancing the facility. This first phase of expansion resulted in highly innovative production systems and processes, making the plant one of the most advanced anywhere in the world for stearic acids.

In light of continued high demand and to ensure the reliable availability of high-quality products, the company has now completed a second phase of expansion, leading to a total capacity of over 30.000 ton allowing for more flexibility in operations. This strategic move allows Baerlocher do Brasil to serve Latin American customers of many types and with diverse needs, for instance in the chemicals industry, cosmetics manufacturing, hygiene and cleaning, food processing, and many other areas.

“The plant in Americana plays an essential role in meeting customer needs throughout the world, and is a key hub within our global network of production facilities,” states Andreas Holzner, Global Head of the Special Additives Business Unit within the Baerlocher Group. “The decision in favor of a second expansion project reflects the growing market potential of the region, and further cements our position in the Latin American market.”

Baerlocher do Brasil is one of the region’s leading manufacturers of stabilizers and lubricants for PVC and other additives for the plastics industry, and of general-purpose oleochemicals. The company has been present in Brazil for 43 years. Even in challenging market conditions, it has proven to be an experienced and reliable partner to the plastics industry and many other sectors.

About Baerlocher

The Baerlocher Group is one of the leading manufacturers of additives for the plastics industry. Its portfolio includes a broad range of stabilizers and other additives suitable for all polymer applications. Baerlocher embraces the principles of responsible care. It operates an ISO 9001-certified quality management system, and an environmental management system compliant with ISO 14001. Baerlocher plays a positive role in both the business community and society as a whole. This includes work within industry associations, and the provision of training opportunities in a variety of disciplines. The Baerlocher Group has production plants around the globe, and operates a sales network serving all major countries.

Source: Baerlocher

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