Solvay to increase guar production capacity from plant in Melle, France, by Q2 2022, supporting growing demand from beauty care market; Solvay's Jaguar range of guar-based polymers offer sustainable, biobased conditioning and texturizing features

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BRUSSELS , March 17, 2022 (press release) –


A key driver for increasing the capacity of these natural, guar-based polymers is to guarantee an optimal level of service for beauty care customers in the face of rising demand.

Solvay, a leading global supplier of guar derivatives, has announced the expansion of the guar production capacity at its Melle plant, France, in response to growing demand from the beauty care market. The completion of capacity extension in Q2 2022 will ensure Solvay continues to fully support our beauty care customers with improved service and flexibility in the context of severely challenged and disrupted global supply chains.

“This investment in increased capacity demonstrates our commitment to the partnerships built with our customers and our willingness to ensure they continue to receive the best possible service from us,” explained Ronald Lehman, Senior Vice-President Global Manufacturing at Solvay Novecare.

Solvay’s Jaguar®, a range of polymers naturally derived from guar beans, provide beauty care formulators with an array of conditioning and texturizing features. As a bio-based product with strong sustainability features, Jaguar® clearly fits market needs for innovative products with more natural, responsible ingredients.

“Solvay demonstrates its long standing commitment to the guar technology and its Jaguar® range, supporting our customers with sustainable innovation in line with the Solvay One Planet vision, and reliable supply chains,” said Eric Leroy Global, Marketing Innovation Director, Solvay.

The guar seeds used to produce the Jaguar® range are sourced in India, partially through Solvay’s Sustainable Guar Initiative program that empowers and helps improve the livelihood of guar farmers.

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