FMC BioPolymer to expand plant

by Jeff Gelski
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FMC BioPolymer plans to expand microcrystalline cellulose (M.C.C.) production at its plant in Newark, Del. The expansion should be done by the end of 2008.

The expansion will support the growth in demand for FMC brands Avicel, Avicel-plus and Gelstar, which are products for food and pharmaceutical markets. FMC BioPolymer is an operating unit of FMC Corp.

"Based on the infrastructure and flexibility of our Newark facility, this expansion will be very cost efficient, which is essential with the current environment of higher manufacturing input costs, particularly pulp and energy," said Michael P. Smith, division manager for FMC BioPolymer.

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