Lanxess and Matrìca team up to produce sustainable preservatives

Development of a new generation of sustainable preservatives with bio-based raw materials from January 2022

Lanxess and Matrìca
The preservation quality of various products like detergents, mineral slurries, sealants or adhesives is examined in the laboratory. Photo Lanxess

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess and Matrìca, a joint venture between Versalis (Eni) and Novamont, have partnered to produce sustainable biocide preservatives from renewable raw materials. Starting in January 2022, the Matrìca plant at Porto Torres (Sardinia, Italy) 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, and paints and coatings.

“We are delighted to have Matrìca as a partner at our side,” stated Dr Oliver Kretschik, vice-president of the Biocides business line at Lanxess’ Material Protection Products business unit. “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. We can create a new generation of preservatives based on renewable resources in numerous applications with this collaboration. 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 opens up sustainable development opportunities and a globally extended perspective for Matrìca’s bio-products portfolio,” said Nicola Melacarne, general manager of Matrìca.

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.


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