Corbion to increase lactic acid capacity



March 02, 2021 — Corbion is launching an initiative to increase its production capacity for lactic acid and lactic acid derivatives ahead of its previously announced expansion in Thailand and slated for 2023.

The global drive is expected to produce additional combined output roughly equivalent to a new production site without having to build one. It also involves capital spending at four existing Corbion facilities to maximize efficiency and take advantage of synergies.

Projects at Corbion’s production sites in Gorinchem (Netherlands), Rayong (Thailand), Campos (Brazil) and Montmeló (Spain) follow other recently announced capacity expansion efforts at Blair (United States). United), but before the construction of a brand new lactic acid plant at the company’s existing site in Rayong (Thailand).

This ties in with Corbion’s five-year business strategy which emphasizes the supplier’s focus on food conservation and production strategies as well as health and environmental sustainability.

Building a secure future
“It’s crucial for us to plan ahead for the long-term needs of our customers, but it’s also important to meet their more immediate needs,” says Frederik Feddes, vice president for lactic acid and specialties at Corbion.

Investing in these efficiency improvements will provide greater security for customers now, as the business prepares for the future as well.

Corbion operates lactic acid production facilities in the Netherlands, Brazil, Spain and Thailand.Manufacturers across many industries see lactic acid and its derivatives as essential catalysts for their business growth as the world rapidly evolves beyond fossil-based solutions.

Corbion’s goal is to help preserve what matters, whether it’s food and food production, human health, or the environment and natural resources.

“Our activity in lactic acid solutions is growing because it is very relevant to some important global challenges such as reducing food waste, creating bio-based plastics and providing effective disinfection solutions against COVID- 19 “, explains Feddes.

Growth opportunity
Corbion has the advantage of having a long experience in this market, and it is a market that the company understands “very well”, according to Feddes.

“Our priority is to continue to supply and support our customers to help them bring innovative and sustainable products to the world. “

In January, Corbion revealed it was increasing its lactic acid production capacity in North America by about 40% in response to growing demand for natural food preservation solutions.

Edited by Elizabeth Green

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