This is another step in the company's expansion of within the dynamically growing Brazilian and South American markets. In the future, the plant will produce up to 50,000 metric tons of ingredients and intermediates for global and regional customers per annum.
The new production facility has high strategic importance for the South American business of Evonik's consumer specialties business unit because about 80 percent of customers are located in Sao Paulo. Evonik supplies its customers with a broad range of ingredients and raw materials for producing cosmetics and personal care products, especially for hair care and skin care, as well as fabric softener.
With its new production plant in Brazil, Evonik can now respond faster and more specifically to its customers' requirements. Costs and complexity in the supply chain and logistics are also reduced.
For Evonik, the investment in the new plant is also an important signal regarding the expansion of its long-term commitment in Brazil. The group, whose predecessor companies have been active in Brazil since 1953, will create 80 new skilled jobs in South America. Evonik Industries now has about 500 employees in Brazil, working in different plants, a distribution center and a regional head office in Sao Paulo.
Evonik Industries recently announced it will offer customers products that have been certified in accordance with the standard Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), such as emulsifiers and consistency enhancers used in creams and lotions.