Air Liquide, through its two subsidiaries Seppic
and Schulke, is building a new specialty ingredients
production facility at Sandston (Henrico County, Virginia) in the US for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical markets. Seppic
is a healthcare
manufacturer, while Schulke
is a hygiene specialist.
Expected to start operations in the first half of 2018, the project will witness an investment of over $60 million. This new production facility will manufacture ingredients
for the cutting-edge cosmetic and pharmaceutical global markets. The market for personal care
is worth more than $ 10 billion globally, of which the US represents 25 percent.
With this facility, the two companies will strengthen their proximity to American customers. The facility is located in the Northeast of the US, where the majority of the companies’ customers are. It will be run by a joint venture between Seppic
and Schulke, named Polykon Manufacturing. Their resulting synergies will enable to create additional value in their field of expertise while addressing the growing need for innovations in these markets.
Francois Jackow, member of the Air Liquide
group’s executive committee, supervising the healthcare
activities, said, “This first manufacturing unit for the two companies in the US will extend their innovative potential and enlarge their industrial footprint and proximity with customers within North America, while strengthening their manufacturing capabilities globally. With this investment, Air Liquide
pursues the development of its hygiene and specialty ingredients
activities, thus strengthening the group’s healthcare
business in this region.”