Ajinomoto increase capacity amino acid-based surfactants

Ajinomoto to increase capacity for amino acid-based surfactants

11:08 AM, 17th November 2018
Amino acid-based surfactant (flakes).
Amino acid-based surfactant (flakes).

TOKYO, JAPAN: Ajinomoto Co Inc said that it is constructing a new production line at its Tokai Plant for amino acid-based surfactants (flakes), mainstay products of its personal care ingredients businesses

The operation will start in December 2018. As a result, Ajinomoto’s overall production capacity for flakes will increase approximately 70 percent, enabling it to meet rapidly growing demand for amino acid-based surfactants and to strengthen its supply system.

Since its launch in 1972 of the world’s first amino acid-based surfactant, made from glutamic acid, Ajinomoto has been a pioneer in supplying amino acid-based personal care ingredients to more than 3,000 companies in approximately 50 countries around the world. Because amino acid-based surfactants are highly biodegradable, they are environmentally friendly. They are also mild to skin, and therefore widely used in shampoos, body wash, face wash and other personal care products, said the company.

Currently, Ajinomoto produces and globally supplies a diverse range of amino acid-based surfactants, including glycine-derived Amilite and glutamic acid-derived Amisoft, in the three forms of liquid, powder and flakes. With the rising demand for amino acid-based surfactants in recent years, expansion of Ajinomoto’s production capacity has become imperative.

As the first stage of investment in increasing production of amino acid-based surfactants, Ajinomoto will introduce a new dryer for flake production at the Tokai Plant, and in December 2018 will begin producing Amilite flakes, for which customers have been requesting expedited expansion of production. This will increase Ajinomoto overall production capacity for flakes approximately 70 percent.

To contribute to reduced impact on the global environment and comfortable lifestyles for consumers, Ajinomoto will continue to invest in increasing its production of amino acid-based surfactants, for which demand is expected to grow further.

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