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Isostearic acid unit at Oleon Ertvelde doubling in capacity

Oleon takes a new step in its growth and doubles the capacity of the isostearic acid and dimer production unit. As part of a new phase of a global investment plan launched in 2018, Oleon, the European leader in plant chemistry production and a subsidiary of Avril, is taking a new step in expanding its production.

The capacity of its isostearic and dimer acids production unit, based in Ertvelde (Belgium), will double by 2024 to support its growth and competitiveness in industrial markets.

In 2018, €20 million had been invested in a new production unit for premium quality dimers and isostearic acid to meet the growing demand for many industrial applications, mainly in the lubricants, coatings and cosmetics sectors.

The new production unit will process 14,125 tons per year, doubling Oleon's share of the global market.

 "At the beginning of 2024, Oleon will be able to handle twice the production capacity at the Ertvelde site, thanks to the installation of a new reactor," explains Eddy Feijen, Managing Director Base Oleochemicals. "With this new unit, we continue to ensure the growth of our specialties in both isostearic acids and dimer acids."