Swiss speciality chemicals firm Clariant announced on 26 May that it is expanding its production capacity for plant-based mild surfactants at its current facilities in Spain and the USA.

Clariant’s Hostapon sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI) mild surfactants are based on glycerine and coconut oil.

The company said it was planning to modernise and increase capacity at its current Mount Holly, USA and Tarragona, Spain (pictured) manufacturing sites, with additional capacity due to come on stream in first quarter 2021.

“Mild surfactants are a growing sector driven by consumers seeking new mildness claims and are invaluable in helping formulators answer needs for mild cleansing hygiene, sensitive skin solutions, solid formats and more natural ingredients,” said Christian Vang, global head of Clariant’s industrial and consumer specialties business unit.

The company said its Hostapon SCI grades were mild amino acid-based anionic surfactants which created formulations with creamy and stable foams, with excellent rinsability, especially in hard water areas. They formed part of its portfolio of mild surfactants for skin cleansing, hair care and baby care applications.

“Together with our introduction in recent years of glucamides sugar surfactant technology, this long-term investment further positions Clariant as one of the innovative leaders for the future of mild surfactants, as they become increasingly popular among our personal care customers in their development of milder and healthier solutions,” said Ralf Zerrer, global head of Clariant’s strategic marketing and innovation business unit, industrial & consumer specialties.