Investing for a Sustainable Future at Chocques

By investing €18million in a new production line, Croda opens new growth prospects at its industrial site in Chocques, Northern France.

Croda International Plc (Croda), who create, make and sell innovative and sustainable speciality chemicals, has announced the launch of a new production plant at its Chocques site in northern France. With a value of €18million, the new facility, inaugurated yesterday in the presence of local elected representatives, will increase site production capacity by 20% and create 15 new jobs.

"This strategic investment in the French market is part of our global investment plan. We want to strengthen our activity so that the Chocques plant continues to be a major site for our activities in Europe and becomes a reference model," said Maarten Heybroek, Croda Europe President.

The Chocques site, in operation since 1927, has its own Research and Development department equipped with advanced technologies that make it the most advanced Croda site for alkoxylation in Europe.

The new production line, built around a new reactor, will increase the production capacity of the site by 20% to meet the growing demand in many industrial sectors including Personal Care, Health Care, Polymer Additives, Crop Care and Home Care.

It will also contribute to improving site performance in terms of efficiency, reliability and sustainable development. 90% of the site's energy needs come from steam produced by the Labeuvrière waste recovery center.

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Established in 1925, Croda is the name behind high performance ingredients and technologies in some of the world’s biggest and most successful brands: creating, making and selling speciality chemicals that are relied on by industries and consumers everywhere. They have a network of over 4,200 passionate and committed employees, working together as one global team across manufacturing sites and offices in 36 countries. Croda is a FTSE100 company with a flexible structure that allows them to focus on developing and delivering innovative, sustainable ingredients that their customers can build on in: Personal Care, Health Care, Crop Care, Polymer Additives, Lubricants, Coatings & Polymers, Geo Tech, Home Care and Industrial Specialities.