Clariant and KitoZyme enter partnership

Set to launch new range of biopolymers for personal care

Speciality chemical supplier Clariant has announced a long-term partnership with KitoZyme, a leading manufacturer of biopolymers. The first product of this collaboration will be a line of sustainable and sensory enhancing biopolymers for personal care applications from KitoZyme, available from October 2011 under Clariant’s Vitipure, Zenvivo and Velsan trade names.

Products in the new range are extracted from secured vegetal sources and the process is said to be a benchmark for the production of vegetal chitosan and chitin-glucan and their derivatives. In addition to being eco-friendly and cost effective, they are also modular and sequenced in a way that each intermediate product is isolated and purified before moving to the next stage ensuring pure and ultra-pure grade units.

Michael Willome, head of business unit industrial & consumer specialties, Clariant, commented: “This partnership helps us to become a supplier of technology ingredients with the character of differentiation, with the help of new technologies and a deeper product portfolio.”

“Developing new industrial processes based on the ‘biorefinery’ concept is a clear trend in the white biotech [biotechnology for industrial purposes] sector,” added Hugues Bultot, ceo at KitoZyme. “A biorefinery increases the profitability along the value chain and helps white biotech companies to be more environmentally friendly and more sustainable. With countless numbers of microorganisms currently produced by the different actors in white biotech, biorefinery offers many excellent opportunities for product innovation.”

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