CP Kelco Cellulose Gum/ Carboxymethyl Cellulose

CP Kelco has been producing CMC since the early 1940’s and has extensive knowledge of the manufacturing process and the products. Backed by customer cooperation and support, the company has grown into the world’s leading producer of CMC. Our manufacturing scope and knowledge allows CP Kelco to tailor product performance to exacting customer specifications.

Source: Tree Pulp and Cotton Linters
Function: Thickening, water-binding, emulsifying, film forming and tableting excipients
Description: All CP Kelco CMC brands are water-soluble polymers derived from cellulose by introducing carboxymethyl groups on the cellulose backbone. The formed anionic cellulose molecule hydrates and dissolves readily in water.

CMC stands for carboxymethyl cellulose. However, CMC is more correctly the sodium salt of carboxymethyl cellulose. It is derived from cellulose, which is made water-soluble by a chemical reaction. The water-solubility is achieved by introducing carboxymethyl groups along the cellulose chain, which makes hydration of the molecule possible.

CMC has the ability to impart viscosity to aqueous solutions. CMC is pseudoplastic by nature and can show thixotropic and essentially non-thixotropic rheology. By choosing the right cellulose gum type, the formulator has the ability to achieve the desired rheology for any aqueous system, including suspensions and emulsions. Besides controlling the rheology, CMC is known for its excellent water retaining capacity.


CALEXIS® Strength Agent for the wet end of papermaking.
CEKOL® Cellulose gum for food, cosmetics, personal care and pharmaceuticals.
CELECT Purified CMC grades specially developed for mining.
CELFLO® Semi-pure PAC for oil and gas drilling.
CELFLOW® Purified cellulose ether products specially developed for use in water-based emulsion paints.
CELPOL® PAC for oil and gas drilling.
CELLUFIX® Efficient binders developed for use in building products.
FINNFIX® CMC for industrial applications. Available as purified and technical grades.