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Libra boosts salt-free betaines

Libra Speciality Chemicals, which makes and blends active ingredients for home and personal care and home care applications, has invested £3.5 million in a new plant at its site in Manchester, UK, to make low-salt betaines

Libra Speciality Chemicals, which makes and blends active ingredients for home and personal care and home care applications, has invested £3.5 million in a new plant at its site in Manchester, UK, to make low-salt betaines, using a process it first developed last year. This will also increases the site’s total betaine capacity by around two thirds and double the firm’s size.

Libra, which is a subsidiary of the GRI Group, claims that the news betaines perform better for formulators, while also requiring one third less energy to manufacture when using its own manufacturing technology. Certain brands are already working to reformulate products using them and these could be on sale within a year, the firm added.

The AI-powered plant can produce more than 1,000 tonnes/week of betaines and can be operated by a single worker, the company added. GRI CEO Graham Royle called it “a transformational investment that will help create a new generation of environmentally-friendly, renewable plant-based cleaning products that are sulphate-free, energy-efficient and create zero waste”. 

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