Croda to invest $170 million in ethanol-based bio-surfactants

In Delaware, Croda International is investing $170 million through 2017 to create the first North American plant that will lead to 100-percent sustainable non-ionic surfactants, active emulsifying agents that help keep oil and water together, which are used in a range of products from face creams to toothpaste to paint to laundry detergent.

The expansion of Atlas Point’s operation will enable Croda to produce non-ionic surfactants from bio-ethanol while maintaining performance standards. By using bio-ethanol, Croda will reduce its use of fossil fuels by moving away from traditional petrochemical derived ingredients, taking yet another step to meet the growing needs of its customers for sustainable options that perform as well as non-sustainable options.

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