Vertellus Launches New Niacinamide Production Facility
Expansion of Nantong Plant Builds on Company’s Success in Chinese Market
Vertellus celebrated the expansion of its Nantong, China plant with an opening ceremony for a new niacinamide feed plant on November 12, 2014. The new plant is Vertellus’ third production facility at the Nantong site. The addition of niacinamide production fully integrates the Nantong site from the production of beta picoline through the production of vitamin B3.
With an annual capacity of 5,000 MT, the new plant is designed with a spray dryer, which enables production of free flowing material, improves the overall quality of products and allows production of multiple particle sizes. Feed additives and chemical raw materials will be the key products manufactured.
China’s main niacinamide demand is for feed and pesticide applications. About 80% of the niacinamide produced is for feed and nourishment. China is a large feed consumption country and the demand continues to increase. The Vertellus niacinamide will meet Chinese national feed standards. The new plant is expected to have ISO and FAMI-QS certifications in early 2015.
Vertellus is the world’s largest pyridine and picolines manufacturer and benefits from the integration of the pyridine chain through balance of co-products, which allows for short- and long-term stable supply to customers. “Our advantage is the technology for integrated production of pyridine, picoline and downstream products,” stated David Lu, Asia-Pacific General Manager at Vertellus.
Mr. Lu indicated that Vertellus is considering further enhancements to produce food and cosmetics grade niacinamide at the Nantong site. “We will continue to pursue long-term sustainable investment and development opportunities in China. In the near future Vertellus will not only focus on pyridine and its derivatives. Specialty additives that are high value-added products will become a key investment area for Vertellus.”
Vertellus is a global specialty chemicals company focused on the manufacture of ingredients used in pharmaceuticals, personal care, nutrition, agriculture, and a host of other market areas affected by trends favoring “green” technologies and chemistries. Vertellus is the #1 global producer of pyridine and picolines, specialty pyridine derivatives, DEET, castor oil derivatives and systems, and a world leader in vitamin B3, citrate polymer additives and systems as well as a leader in custom manufacturing of agriculture and pharma intermediates and actives. Vertellus benefits from a technically advanced global manufacturing base and has over 1,000 employees. Vertellus is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.