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Solvay Increases Derivatized Guar Production

March 14, 2013

• Solvay will increase its global derivatized guar production by 40% with the completion of recent expansions in the US and China. Derivatized guar is a polymer produced from a bean grown mainly in India. Its inherent natural properties make it an ideal bio-based solution for applications in the oil and gas industry as a gelling agent, in hair care as a conditioner, and in agrochemicals as an anti-drift formulation.

“These expansions represent a significant step in the execution of our 2016 growth ambition,” said Solvay Novecare president Emmanuel Butstraen. “They enhance our leadership position and will support the growth plans of our customers and their innovation needs.”

The expanded Vernon, TX derivatized guar facility will serve Solvay’s customers in the North American oil and gas market. The increased capacity at Solvay’s Zhangjiagang (Jiangsu province), China site will help its home and personal care customers meet growing regional demand for high-end hair care products. With a third facility in Melle, France, Solvay says it is the only guar supplier with production in North America, Europe and Asia.

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