Global speciality chemicals producer Clariant is expanding the production capacity of its Tonsil brand bleaching earth products, while introducing five new product types into its portfolio.

The company intended to add new Tonsil production capacity at its Le Tréport site in the Normandy region of France in the fourth quarter 2017, Clariant said in an 11 September statement.

The Le Tréport expansion was the latest in Clariant’s multimillion dollar investment programme to increase its global capacity and technical services, which recently saw the company finish a capacity, reliability and service extension at its Moosburg, Germany plant.

In addition, in the second quarter of 2017, the firm brought online a state-of-the-art laboratory in Turkey, alongside a new production site in Indonesia.

Clariant has also introduced five new Tonsil products, specifically targeting the reduction of the carcinogenic 3-MCPD compounds in palm and seed oils.

Anil Sönmez, head of the purification business group for EMEA at Clariant, said market and consumer demand for high quality edible oils and biofuels was putting growing requirements on producers.

“We now have more of our sustainable product available, are in more locations than ever before and are continuing to increase capacity and technical abilities, all to ensure we are closer to the customer and can better support evolving market and regional requirements,” Sönmez said.