Speciality chemicals firm LANXESS has announced a partnership with Matrìca - a joint venture between Eni’s chemical company Versalis and bioplastics and biochemicals leader Novamont - to produce sustainable preservatives from vegetable oils.

The Matrìca plant at Porto Torres, Sardinia, Italy, is supplying LANXESS with raw materials from vegetable oils which LANXESS will use to manufacture a new series of industrial preservatives, extending its Preventol range, according to the company’s 31 January statement.

LANXESS said the new Preventol preservatives were designed for consumer products, such as household cleaners, laundry care and dishwashing products, as well as paints and coatings.

The company’s Material Protection Products business unit develops and markets biocides, preservatives and disinfectants for a wide range of microbial control applications. These products protected materials against spoilage by microorganisms such as bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses and algae, extending the life of the end-use products and maintaining their functionality, LANXESS said.

Under the Preventol brand name, the business unit sells active ingredients and formulations for paints and coatings, wood protection, construction products, process control, disinfection and other application areas.

Matrìca manufactures the Matrilox range of bioproducts – mono and dicarboxylic acids and esters – for high value-added applications such as paints and inks, bioplastics, bio lubricants and bio herbicides) at the Porto Torres site.