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Cognis Starts Production of High-performance Defoamers at New Chinese Facility

Published on 2005-02-21. Author : SpecialChem

Global specialty chemicals supplier Cognis announced that its new defoamer manufacturing facility in Jinshan city near Shanghai, China, is now operational. The new plant, which took six months to build, will produce Cognis' FoamasterTM range of defoamers, which are used in low-VOC, solvent-free aqueous latex dispersions, water-reducible coatings and adhesives and other industrial applications.

The Jinshan plant is a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, utilizing best practices that are the result of Cognis' experience at its European and US plants. As B. G. Ooi, Head of Functional Products Asia-Pacific explains: "The fact that Cognis has put in place local capacity for the manufacture of high-quality products shows its commitment to its regional and global polymers, coatings & inks customers in Greater China and the Asia-Pacific region. This committed attitude is essential to our ambitious growth plans in this region, and the new plant will ensure our long-term ability to supply our customers reliably". The new facility underlines Cognis' commitment to developing defoamers for technical applications, and providing products and solutions that combine outstanding performance with sustainability and proper consideration for the environment.

Cognis' Foamaster range of defoamers is based on technology developed by Henkel and Diamond Shamrock Chemicals (formerly Nopco). Since aqueous polymer dispersions first appeared in the market, Cognis has been gradually improving these products by seeking partners in the polymerization industry and working in conjunction with its paints, inks and adhesives customers. Says Rainer Hoefer, Vice President Functional Products Technology: "The technological advances we have made in this field enable us to provide our customers with defoamers tailored to their specific needs."

About Cognis

Cognis is a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients. As at September 30, 2004, the company employed about 8,100 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Additionally, Cognis provides solutions for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, textiles and plastics, as well as agriculture and mining.

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2003, Cognis recorded sales of 2.95 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and exceptional items) of 312 million euros.

Source: Cognis

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