AGC Chemicals Americas to boost fine silica production capacity

AGC subsidiary AGC-Si-Tech Co is to increase production capacity of its Resifa Solesphere fine silica used in cosmetics.

The company's Wakamatsu-Ward plant in Kitakyushu City, Japan will expand capacity by approximately 1.5 times that of the current level by mid-2025.

Resifa Solesphere, a material made from natural silica processed into a spherical shape, is said to enhance the performance of cosmetics by reducing greasiness and stickiness, as well as providing blurring effects on wrinkles and imperfections due to their ability to scatter light.

“This expansion allows AGC to maintain a consistent supply of high-quality silica products for the foreseeable future,” said AGC fine silica business director Michael Sweeney.

“The boost in production will not only back our distribution agreements and help us develop customer formulations, but also strengthen our commitment to sustainability,” he added.

AGC has set “promoting sustainability management” as a key strategy in its medium-term management plan, AGC plus-2023, and is committed to contributing to solving social issues through materials innovation.

The company will continue to contribute to the realization of a sustainable global environment through the expansion of silica products that help to reduce environmental risk, it said.

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