CP Kelco Announces CMC Capacity Expansion Plans

ATLANTA, Georgia, USA, December 12, 2012 – CP Kelco, a world-leading carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) producer, today announces plans to increase capacity at its production facility in Äänekoski, Finland. CP Kelco will be expanding purified CMC capacity up to 25% at this facility over the next 12 to 18 months to meet expanding market demand. The Äänekoski plant is already the largest purified CMC manufacturing facility in the world.

“Global growth continues as CMC customers need reliable supply and consistent quality,” says Bill Letsinger, CP Kelco CMC Director, about CP Kelco’s latest investment. He went further, “By upgrading our production capabilities, this latest CMC expansion provides us the flexibility for further expansion. The expansion plans are being put in place in anticipation of continued market growth globally and would allow further existing footprint expansion or a Greenfield facility.”

“By continuously pursuing cost-reduction and environmental projects, in addition to capacity expansion projects, CP Kelco will keep pace with growing CMC demand and remains well positioned to meet our customers’ needs now and in the future,” concludes Letsinger.


CP Kelco is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of specialty hydrocolloids, with facilities in Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America. Owned by J.M. Huber Corporation, CP Kelco’s product lines include pectin, xanthan gum, carrageenan, cellulose gum, gellan gum, diutan gum, and other novel biopolymers, marketed under brand names including CEKOL®, FINNFIX®, GENU®, GENUGEL®, GENUVISCO®, GENULACTA®, KELTROL®, KELZAN®, KELCOGEL®, SLENDID®, SIMPLESSE® and XANTURAL®.

See the PDF of the press release here.