FMC Corp. plans to realign alginate operations

by Keith Nunes
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PHILADELPHIA – FMC Corp. intends to realign its FMC BioPolymer alginates manufacturing operations in Norway and the United Kingdom. The effort follows the company’s acquisition of International Specialty Products’ alginates business in August 2008.

Under the plan, alginate extract production would be consolidated at Haugesund, Norway, and finished product blending would be conducted primarily at Girvan, Scotland.

"This plan aligns our alginate manufacturing with core FMC strengths in process technology, raw material access and blending," said Mike Smith, FMC BioPolymer division manager.

Under the proposed plan, FMC BioPolymer expects to complete production and blending realignment by the end of 2009.

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