Corbion is launching a multi-faceted initiative to substantially increase its capacity for producing lactic acid and lactic-acid derivatives ahead of its previously announced major expansion in Thailand scheduled for 2023.
The global initiative, involving capital expenditures at 4 existing Corbion facilities to maximise efficiencies and leverage synergies, is expected to produce a combined additional output roughly equivalent to a new production site without the need to build a new one.
Projects at Corbion’s production sites in Gorinchem (Netherlands), Rayong (Thailand), Campos (Brazil) and Montmeló (Spain), come on the heels of other recently announced capacity expansion efforts in Blair (Nebraska), but in advance of the construction of an entirely new lactic acid plant at the company’s existing site in Rayong (Thailand).
“It is crucial for us to plan ahead in anticipation of our customers’ longer-term requirements, but it’s also important to meet their more immediate needs,” said Frederik Feddes, Vice President Lactic Acid and Specialties at Corbion.
Manufacturers in multiple industries look to lactic acid and its derivatives as important enablers of their business growth as the world rapidly moves beyond fossil-based solutions.
“Corbion’s purpose is to help preserve what matters, whether that means food and food production, human health, or the environment and natural resources. Our business in lactic acid-based solutions is growing because it’s highly relevant to some significant global challenges such as reducing food waste, creating biobased plastics and providing effective sanitising solutions against the coronavirus,” added Mr. Feddes.
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