By Dr. Cameron Chai
Renewable chemical firm, EcoSynthetix has installed a new production system in its present manufacturing facility in the U.S. The 80 million pound production line brings the company’s yearly production capacity to 235 million pounds.
The Chairman and CEO of EcoSynthetix, John van Leeuwen stated that with a capacity of more than 200 million pounds, the company can now deliver bio-based products to both new as well as to existing paper and paperboard markets. Leeuwen added that the company’s low capex model enabled it to invest in a new production system before the demand rises for bio-based products. The company’s bio-based polymers provide equivalent performance and at the same they are low-cost when compared to other products. The company believes that large-scale adoption will soon be a reality and that it is well-positioned to meet the demand.
The 80 million pound production line features a sophisticated process automation technology, which provides optimum efficiency and also ensures minimum manual intervention. The system is versatile enough to hold numerous feedstocks. These aspects can promote higher throughput and enhanced margins when compared to the present production line in the firm’s U.S. facility.
The latest production line also includes a fully automated packaging system that is equipped with an ultrasonic bag sealing and a strong package weight control. Through this system, the company offers a complete series of packaging options to its customers. These packaging options comprise super-sacks and 25 kg bags. Bulk delivery is also provided by the company.
The production expansion will support EcoSynthetix’s business growth in North America. Earlier in November 2011, the company had installed 80 million pounds of capacity in its Netherlands facility.