Specialty chemicals company Clariant announced that it had increased production capacity for its Tonsil bleaching earths at its Puebla site in Mexico by 30%.

The additional capacity came on stream in April, concluding two years of work to expand its production line at Puebla, its second biggest site for bleaching earth.

“Logistics there are favoured by the site's proximity to the company's own mine and a fully integrated supply chain to our end customers in North and South America,” Clariant said in a press release.

Clariant CEO Hariolf Kottmann said the Puebla site had supplying the edible oil industry for more than 50 years and the expansion would enable the company to respond to rising demand in both North and South America.

“It is especially important for those operating in the field of purification of canola oil in North America,” said Sven Schultheis, head of Clariant’s functional minerals business unit.

The Mexican expansion was an integral part of Clariant's multimillion Swiss francs expansion plan of Tonsil bleaching earths, Clariant said.

This included further investments in Mexico, Turkey and the construction of a new site in Indonesia to offer products close to the customers.