The manufacturer of specialty ingredients is expanding its industrial footprint with a 60 million investment in a new production unit and a US first for the subsidiary of the Air Liquide group.

Located near Richmond in Virginia, the new Polykon plant, which is already in operation, gives Seppic more than 50% additional production capacity for thickening and texturizing agents.

We needed to meet the growing demand for polymers from our customers around the world,” said Jean-Baptiste Dellon, CEO of Seppic. A category of ingredients in which the company has been focusing since it has started to deliver the cosmetics industry.

The new unit is part of a global production system which currently features three plants in France and one in China.

Located at the heart of a dynamic geographic territory, where several players of the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries already operate, Polykon covers 8 hectares, employs 50 highly qualified people, and has obtained ISO 9001, EFfCI and RSPO certifications. The units are fully automated and 95% of the waste produced is recycled.