In 2018, we started the construction of a new laboratory facility at our R&T Center in Ellesmere Port, UK. The new facility will focus on finding solutions for our customer needs within the personal care, agrochemicals, construction and metal extraction industries. We have also expanded our laboratory facilities at our Regional R&T Center, Castiglione, Italy and recruited new personnel to ensure that we deliver the pipeline of new technologies that meet the needs of our Home Care customers.

A plant expansion in 2018 at our Salisbury, NC, US facility has doubled our capacity to produce our unique isethionate surfactant, Iselux® to meet growing demand. Iselux® is a high-performance, sulfate-free surfactant that helps our customers meet consumer needs for gentle, effective cleansing across a wide range of personal care applications.

“Performance Chemicals had a phenomenal year. Our customers have seen the value that recent acquisitions have brought to our business. We have been inundated with customer proposals for Joint Development Projects, which is exactly the way we like to work. We experienced fundamental growth across all regions and have expanded into new markets where we have not had a presence before. We have also expanded our team and facilities to support our growth in the Home Care market. In 2018, our focus has been on strategy and planning and I am confident that we will see the fruition of these plans in 2019.”Bruce McDonald, President, Performance Chemicals