11 October 2012 20:47 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Vantage Specialty Chemicals has announced plans to expand its oleochemical production capacity for refined glycerine and oleic fatty acids at its Chicago, Illinois, facility, company representatives confirmed on Thursday.
“The oleic acid is needed to support rapidly expanding growth in new markets. We also see organic growth in the consumer markets to warrant this expansion,” Guillermo Schnitzler, product manager – fatty acids, said.
The refined glycerine expansion will add a kosher vegetable glycerine unit into the facility, adding to the tallow USP glycerine production now done at the Food and Drug Administration registered facility, Deborah Baldwin, glycerine product manager, said.
While the kosher glycerine addition, expected to come on-line in Q2 2013, represents a new line of production, Vantage is fully supportive of its active position in the US tallow refined glycerine market.
“We view the tallow oleochemical industry in the Americas as a viable and sustainable long-term business,” both sources added.
The company did not release specifics on the amount of additional glycerine production capacity to be added to the Chicago facility, but confirmed a $25m investment is approved for the two expansions, with initial construction scheduled to begin in October 2012.
The oleic fatty acid expansion will add 30m lbs/year of additional fatty acid production capacity to the plant, with full streams available by year-end 2013. The company did not disclose present capacity production levels on its total tallow-based oleic acid.
Vantage Specialty Chemicals is owned by The Jordan Company, a private equity group focused upon partnerships with investment for long-term growth for its acquisitions.
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