US FMC breaks ground on Thai microcrystalline cellulose plant

21 March 2013 14:04  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemicals firm FMC on Thursday broke ground on its $100m (€77m) microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) plant in Rayong, Thailand, it said.

FMC said that the new facility is expected to come on line in late 2014. It will be fully integrated with MCC production, blending, packaging and warehousing at Rayong.

The facility's design will allow for future volume expansion and the manufacture of different product lines for food and pharmaceutical markets, the company added.

"This state-of-the-art site, which increases our global MCC capacity for the food industry by 35%, will allow us to more easily and quickly supply the Asian marketplace with our MCC products and the tailored blends we deliver to meet customer needs," said Mike Smith, vice president and global business director, FMC BioPolymer.

The plant in Thailand will be FMC's third MCC manufacturing facility. The company recently completed expansions at its BioPolymer MCC sites in Newark and Delaware, in the US, and Cork, Ireland, it said.

FMC had announced plans for the Thai project in July 2012.

($1 = €0.77)

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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