American FMC to set up a microcrystalline Cellulose factory in Thailand
The American FMC Corporation plans to invest more than USD 100 million in a new world class microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) facility in Rayong, Thailand to serve the growing Asian demand for Avicel ® colloidal MCC and within the FMC’s adopted Vision 2015 growth strategy
FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial, environmental and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. In 2011 the annual sales amounted to around USD 3.4 billion, employing 5000 persons and it operates its business in three segments, namely Agricultural Products, Specialty and Industrial Chemicals.
The new Thai facility is scheduled to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2014 and will increase FMC’s global food grade MCC capacity by 35 % and will initially produce Avicel® colloidal MCC foremost used as key ingredient in food and beverages. The design of the new plant will allow for future volume expansion, and the manufacturing of different product lines for both the food and pharmaceutical markets, as demand warrants. Other manufacturing capacities are installed in North America and Europe.
BioPolymer, a business division of FMC Corporation manufactures food and pharmaceutical grade MCC at its plants in Cork, Ireland and in Newark, Delaware.
The Specialty Chemicals and the Industrial Chemicals divisions deliver also products to the textile industry. For details refer to the following website.