Lanxess and Matrìca joined forces to produce sustainable biocide preservatives from renewable raw materials

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Matrìca plant in Porto Torres, Italy

German specialty chemicals company Lanxess, and Matrìca, Italian JV between Versalis (Eni) and Novamont, have partnered to produce sustainable biocide preservatives from renewable raw materials. The Matrìca plant at Porto Torres (Sardinia) will supply Lanxess with bio-based raw materials from vegetable oils, which Lanxess will use to manufacture a new series of industrial preservatives broadening its Preventol range.

With this partnership, both companies aim to significantly advance the production of sustainable preservatives and address the markets’ growing demand. The new Preventol preservatives are designed for consumer products such as household cleaners, laundry care and dishwashing products as well as paints and coatings.

“We are delighted – Oliver Kretschik, Vice President of the Biocides business line at Lanxess’ Material Protection Products business unit, stated – to have Matrìca as a partner at our side. Preventol is a well-recognized brand worldwide and one of the standards in industrial preservation. We consider the use of bio-based raw materials as crucial for modern preservatives. With this collaboration we can create a new generation of preservatives based on renewable resources in numerous applications. This approach stresses Lanxess’ strategic focus on sustainability and consumer protection.”

“Joining forces with an important and acknowledged partner such as Lanxess in the bio-based market segment – Nicola Melacarne, General Manager of Matrìca, said – opens up sustainable development opportunities and a globally extended perspective for Matrìca’s bio-products portfolio.”

Matrìca’s Matrilox® bioproducts range, made from European vegetable raw materials, is derived entirely from renewable sources thanks to an innovative technology that aims to use the molecular complexity of the vegetable raw material to produce chemicals with high added value.

Lanxess’ Material Protection Products business unit develops and markets biocides, preservatives and disinfectants for a wide range of microbial control applications. These products protect materials against spoilage by microorganisms such as bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses and algae, extend the life of the end-use products and maintain their functionality. Under the Preventol brand name, the business unit sells active ingredients and formulations for paints & coatings, wood protection, construction products, process control and disinfection among other application areas.

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