Solvay constructs new facility in Germany

Plant will be used to develop and produce specialty surfactants

Belgium based chemical company Solvay has begun construction on a surfactant plant in Genthin, Germany. Scheduled to be operational by the first quarter of 2014, the facility will be used to develop and produce surfactant solutions for Solvay's home & personal care and industrial customers in central and eastern Europe. According to Solvay, there will be a focus on creating specialty surfactants that aid in delivering attributes such as cleansing, dispersal, moisturising and texturising qualities.

"This investment advances the successful execution of our growth strategy, expanding production and development capabilities close to our markets and customers," said Emmanuel Butstraen, President of Solvay Novecare. "In addition to strengthening our presence in the region, siting our investments in established manufacturing zones enables us to competitively scale up production."

Solvay has been on the expansion path recently, having recently completed two major production expansions at its derivatised guar facilities in North America and Asia.