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Oxea starts business with Halal-certified pelargonic acid

Oxea has received Halal certification for its carboxylic acids product line from its production plant in Bay City, Texas, U.S.A. In September 2017, the company began shipping bulk quantities of its new product “Pelargonic Acid Halal.”

Oxea is a global manufacturer of oxo intermediates and oxo derivatives, such as alcohols, polyols, carboxylic acids, specialty esters and amines. These products are used for the production of high-quality coatings, lubricants, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products, flavorings and fragrances, printing inks and plastics.

At its Bay City plant, Oxea follows rigorous guidelines to ensure that along the entire value chain its raw materials, manufacturing processes, handling and logistics strictly comply with Islamic religious requirements. The production plant and the logistics terminal were audited and certified by Islamic Services of America (ISA) without any issues. Oxea’s pelargonic acid, chemically known as n-nonanoic acid, is an economical industrial alternative to the native fatty acids caprylic acid (C8) and capric acid (C10). Among other uses, it serves as an intermediate for the production of high-performance synthetic lubricant esters.

“With our new Pelargonic Acid Halal, we address the growing needs of our Islamic customers for Halal-certified alternatives to C8/C10 fatty acids. Through our initiative, we make it easier for them to certify their manufacturing processes. This is important because the concept of Halal (“pure”) applies not just to the food consumed by Muslims but also to the entire production process – down to even remotely associated suppliers and components,” said Christoph Balzarek, commercial business director, Carboxylic Acids,  Oxea. “As one of the largest manufacturer of synthetic carboxylic acids world-wide, we respond flexibly to our customer’s religious needs and support them in their growth,” he added.

“Halal certification is complex. Therefore I would like to thank all Oxea employees involved for their commitment to make this certification a success,” said Günther Becker, director of Product Stewardship and Quality Management at Oxea.