Oleon builds new plant in Ertvelde - Coatings and cosmetics from French sunflowers
The oleochemical company Oleon, member of Flanders Biobased Valley, from Ertvelde has built a new plant to produce biobased building blocks from sunflower oil for the cosmetic industry, lubricants and coatings. ‘It is the first time that this kind of raw material will be used on an industrial scale for the production of these special building blocks,’ says director Eddy Feijen.
Oleon is the European market leader in oleochemicals, which stands for base products and derivatives based on animal fats and vegetable oils. These green, renewable products are used in cosmetics, soaps, (animal) food, coatings, lubricants and other technical applications. The Ghent port zone (Ertvelde-Rieme) is home to the headquarters and production plant for the base products glycerine and fatty acids. There are also production units in Oelegem, Emmerich (Germany), Compiègne (France) and Port Klang (Malaysia). Oleon buys raw materials from all over the world and its end products are exported to more than 100 countries.