Symrise to double menthol production in Germany

Expanded partnership with Lanxess strengthens market leadership in strategic growth markets

Symrise has broken ground for a new facility that will double its production capacity for synthetic menthols in Holzminden, Germany from 2012. Lanxess supplies Symrise with the intermediate products needed to manufacture menthol and the two companies will continue to work in partnership. Symrise ceo Heinz-Jürgen Bertram and at Lanxess’ head of basic chemicals Hans-Georg Schmitt, jointly broke ground at the Holzminden site on Wednesday 24 November.

Symrise manufactures synthetic L-menthol at its sites in Holzminden and Bushy Park, US, and has established itself as a global market leader in this sector.

“The global demand for menthol has been increasing at double-digit rates for years,” said Heinz-Jürgen Bertram. “As a result, we want to work with our long-term partner Lanxess and increase our capacity to produce synthetic menthol while strengthening our international market leadership in this strategic growth market. In addition, we are expanding our product range in the menthol sector so that our clients are able to respond to consumer preferences better and more flexibly.”

Senior vp of the aroma molecules business unit, Norbert Richter added: “The need for menthol is steadily increasing, not only in industrial countries, but in emerging markets as well. We see expanding our menthol production capacities as the next logical step.”

Symrise and Lanxess have been working together for almost four decades. “We want to continue our successful work with Symrise and guide the partnership into a new era,” said Schmitt,

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