FMC Corp. has broken ground on its new microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) manufacturing facility in Rayong, Thailand. The company will invest more than $100 million in the region’s first fully integrated colloidal MCC manufacturing and blending site to supply the growing Asia market with FMC’s MCC.
“Today is very exciting for FMC as we answer the call of our customers and the marketplace to help meet the growing demand for innovative food and beverage products in Asia,” said Mike Smith, Vice President and Global Business Director, FMC BioPolymer. “This state-of-the-art site, which increases our global MCC capacity for the food industry by 35%, will allow us to more easily and quickly supply the Asian marketplace with our MCC products and the tailored blends we deliver to meet customer needs.”
The new facility is expected to come on line in late 2014 and will be fully integrated with MCC production, blending, packaging, and warehousing. The Thailand facility will initially manufacture colloidal MCC, which is widely used as an ingredient in food and beverages. However, the facility’s design will allow for future volume expansion and the manufacture of different product lines for both the food and pharmaceutical markets.
The new Rayong, Thailand, plant will be FMC’s third MCC manufacturing facility. The company recently completed expansion at its BioPolymer MCC sites in Newark, Del., and Cork, Ireland.