Ajinomoto expands production of amino acid-based surfactants

27th June 2019

Ajinomoto expands production of amino acid-based surfactants

Japanese fine chemicals producer Ajinomoto plans to construct a new plant for its Amisoft line of amino acid-based liquid surfactants at its Pederneiras site in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The plant, which will be the group’s first for amino acid-based surfactants in Brazil, is scheduled to be operational in the fall of 2020.

The new facility, which Ajinomoto said will cost 2.3 billion yen (roughly $21 million), will increase the overall production capacity for its glutamic acid-derived surfactants – which are mainly used in toiletries and cosmetics – by about 60%.

The new plant in Brazil is the group’s second investment to increase production of amino acid-based surfactants following a similar investment at its Tokai plant, announced in November 2018.

Ajinomoto estimates that the market for amino acid-based surfactants grew at an annual rate of 15% from 2014 to 2017, mainly because they are biodegradable and mild to the skin.

The company also plans to transfer a part of its Amisoft production from a plant in Kawasaki, Japan, to the new Pederneiras site and to redirect production at Kawasaki to its liquid Amilite brand of glycine-derived surfactants. This will increase the production capacity for Amilite by approximately 30%.

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Ajinomoto plans to construct a new plant for amino acid-based liquid surfactants at its Pederneiras site, Brazil.

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