P&G Chemicals to use natural-based feedstock for US amines

29 January 2010 06:56  [Source: ICIS news]

ORLANDO, Florida (ICIS news)--US-based Procter & Gamble (P&G) Chemicals is planning to switch feedstock for its tertiary amines production in Kansas City from petroleum-based olefins to natural-based fatty alcohols, a company official said late on Thursday.

"Our intention is to use our fatty alcohol network as we believe this is the right thing to do for the long-term health of our business," Tom Nelson, global sales director for P&G Chemicals, said on the sidelines of the annual Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) meeting.

P&G’s tertiary amines are key ingredients in the company’s light-duty liquid product lines, such as their dish detergent brand Dawn in the US and Fairy brand in Europe. The firm’s Kansas plant has a tertiary amines capacity of 60,000 tonnes/year.

Details regarding the sourcing of the fatty alcohol for the Kansas plant were still being finalised, Nelson said.

One of the key priorities this year for P&G Chemicals was to further optimise their fatty alcohols network, Nelson added.

"We will work on our supply chains, look at where the next increment of capacity is going to come in based on demand projections, as well as identify new uses and applications for alcohol co-products to create more value," Nelson said.

Other key priorities for the business this year includes streamlining their North American fatty acid supply chains, and expanding the development of sustainable formulations with their sucrose polyester molecule Sefose and fat replacer molecule Olean, Nelson added.

With Sefose, the company said it is already in advanced developmental collaboration in different applications with several customers.

The SDA meeting ends Saturday.

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