The global supplier of specialty ingredients is expanding its US manufacturing capabilities. The expansion, which is set for completion by the second half of 2019, will replace the company’s current US production and warehouse operations with a new flagship plant in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“This is a significant investment to support the growth of our global platform. The flagship plant allows us to optimize our manufacturing processes and increase our production capacity so that we can continue to serve our customers and meet the growing global demand for our innovative technologies,” said David Plimpton, Inolex CEO. “The new Inolex facility also provides the opportunity for us to better align with our sustainability goals and those of our partners.”
In addition to fulfilling immediate manufacturing and warehouse operations, the 150,000-square foot site offers the opportunity for future expansion of capacity and scope. The development marks a key milestone for Inolex to strategically focus its expertise in Personal Care.
“Responsible manufacturing is a cornerstone of Inolex’s Operational Excellence. The Charlotte plant enables us to enhance production and strengthen business continuity. It’s a hub to explore new manufacturing processes for our innovation pipeline, and will serve as a gateway for broader industry collaboration,” said Ted Laarkamp, VP Operations.
Inolex has implemented growth initiatives across the organization in recent years including opening offices in China, Brazil and France, and adding key industry talent including Kevin Gallagher as a Non-Executive Board Member; Arthur Knox as VP, Head of Global Sales; Michael J. Fevola, PhD as VP, Head of R&D; and most recently, Lisa Gandolfi, PhD as Director of Marketing.
The company said the build-out of operations in Charlotte is a strong indication of the its continued momentum in the Beauty Care industry. “The Inolex innovation platform is guided by the Principles of Green Chemistry and life-cycle thinking,” claimed the company.
Inolex is recognized for its leading proprietary technologies - with an emphasis on natural, plant-based solutions - in Alternative Preservation, Silicone Alternatives, Palm-Free, Film Formers, and Conditioning Agents. Inolex is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), is RSPO Supply Chain Certified, and offers 100% of its palm-derived products as RSPO Mass Balance. Notable product innovation awards include a 2018 ITEHPEC Innovation Award in LATAM for LexFeelTM Vibrant, a patented color-enhancing sensory agent; Finalist in the Sustainability Beauty Awards for SustOleoTM MCT, a natural palm-free sensory ingredient alternative; and the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Global Personal Care Product Innovation Leadership Award for EmulsenseTM, a natural cationic agent for hair conditioning and skin care.