Speciality chemicals company Vantage has announced that it would be increasing its production of surfactants and intermediates at its Leuna facility in Germany.

The company said the move would help meet rising demand for mild and sustainable ingredients.

“This production increase, which is in addition to a capacity expansion that we completed in October 2020, will enable Vantage to continue to… fulfil increasing demand for taurates, … at a time when many critical ingredient supplies are difficult to obtain and consumer interests are changing,” Vantage senior vice president of Europe, Middle East & Africa Alexander Snell said.

Vantage’s Metaupon sulphate-free surfactants are foam enhancers designed for mild rinse-off formulations in shampoo, facial cleansers and bath additives.

Based on sustainably sourced palm oil, Metaupon surfactants are compliant with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO)’s mass balance criteria.

The RSPO’s mass balance criteria relates to sustainable palm oil from certified sources that has been mixed with ordinary palm oil throughout the supply chain.

As part of the Metaupon range, Vantage provides the precursor N-methyl taurin, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate and sodium methyl oleoyl taurate.

Taurate surfactants are sulphate-free alternatives designed for applications for sensitive skin and scalp irritation due to their mild quality.

Chicago-headquartered Vantage Specialty Chemicals is a leading producer of speciality ingredients focused on personal care, food, consumer care and industrial sectors with a portfolio of more than 2,000 products.

The company operates manufacturing and supply chain operations across eight manufacturing facilities, 12 formulation laboratories and 19 distribution warehouses located in 13 countries in the USA, Latin America, South Africa, Europe and Asia.