Ashland has begun to significantly increase the production capacity of Benecel cellulose ethers at its Doel plant in Belgium. Upon completion in 2023, capacity will increase by more than 50% and support growing demand for products sold into pharmaceutical, nutritional and performance specialty applications.
"This investment underscores our commitment to our customers and is a key element of our growth strategy," said Ashok Kalyana, senior vice president and general manager, Ashland Life Sciences. “We recently launched a new controlled release grade of Benecel for the pharmaceutical market and we are seeing rapid growth of Benecel as a plant protein binder.”
High-purity Benecel cellulose ethers, such as methylcellulose ( 9004 67 5 ) and methylhydroxyethylcellulose ( 9004 65 3 ), are used in a variety of pharmaceutical, nutritional, and personal care applications. In addition, the expansion will add capacity for a number of other special grades for the high-end industrial market.