Evonik launches commercial scale production of ceramides

Evonik began manufacturing commercial quantities of ceramides – a special class of lipids – at its site in Dossenheim near Heidelberg in Germany.

Maximizing capacity utilization at the Dossenheim site provides Evonik with additional flexibility and security of supply, including increased independence from other supply routes, to meet growing market demand for ceramides personal care.

In-house ceramide production strengthens Evonik’s position as a leading provider of ceramide system solutions. These combine ceramides with Evonik’s delivery systems and formulations to provide customers with high-value solutions tailored to their unique needs. This strengthens the company’s position in active ingredients.

“The extension of our internal ceramide production capacity allows us to meet the demand of our strategic customers who have minimum volume commitments and very long-term agreements with us. We are also in a strong position to provide other customers with the flexibility and security they need,” said Johann-Caspar Gammelin, Head of Nutrition & Care Division at Evonik. “This strategic decision is our latest contribution to realizing our vision at Nutrition & Care: life at heart, systems at heart, partners at your fingertips.”

Ceramides, an integral part of system solutions for customers

Ceramides are an integral part of many system solutions for customers in the cosmetics industry. System solutions are multi-component offerings spanning products, technologies and services that are tailored to a unique customer need and often have proven sustainability benefits. As an entry point into a world of consulting, application expertise and customer service, System Solutions ensures that Evonik is the preferred partner for customers. By establishing in-house production of ceramides, Evonik is accelerating the transition of its life sciences division, Nutrition & Care, which aims to increase its share of System Solutions from 20% today to 50% by 2030.

Ceramides are a special class of lipids. As cosmetic ingredients, their effect has been scientifically proven and is intensely promoted by the cosmetic industry. The ceramides market offers tremendous opportunities with an increasing number of applications in skin care, hair care, sun care, color cosmetics, advanced food additives and animal care. The active ingredient delivery system is crucial for the effect of ceramides, which transports the active ingredients to the correct layers of the skin.

The Care Solutions portfolio for cosmetics and personal care is based on a deep understanding of complex systems, enabling the creation of science-based solutions. The portfolio includes sensory ingredients that enable the design of exciting textures, active ingredients and delivery systems that support efficacy claims, and preservatives to prevent product degradation. As part of Evonik’s growth division, Nutrition & Care, Care Solutions is guided by a vision that places sustainability, innovation and collaboration at its core.

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