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April 25, 2008

Rhodia starts producing eco-friendly solvent in Brazil

Gerald Ondrey

Rhodia (Paris, France; www.rhodia.com) has launched production of Rhodiasolv IRIS, an innovative  solvent with excellent eco-friendly properties, at a new unit located on the Group’s Santo Andre site in  Brazil. Rhodiasolv IRIS, designed for applications such as industrial cleaning, foundry resins, paints  and coatings formulations, is non-toxic, readily biodegradable, nonflammable and low in VOC (volatile organic compounds) content.    

“This new eco-friendly solvent was developed by Rhodia’s international innovation platform of R&D centers in Brazil, France, the U.S. and China. It meets the worldwide market trend of sustainable-development priorities,” says Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, Rhodia’s chairman and CEO. “Rhodia already makes 30% of its sales with solutions that respond to environmental concerns. We see this trend as one of the key drivers for Rhodia’s growth for the coming years.”   

Rhodiasolv IRIS, part of the dibasic ester solvent family, is manufactured at Santo Andre, Brazil in a new plant developed to meet rapidly growing demands for eco-friendly solvents. This investment will allow Rhodia to increase its worldwide production capacity of dibasic ester solvents by 15%, strengthening its global manufacturing footprint in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

Rhodia has a long tradition of expertise in solvents. Beyond the dibasic ester solvents, Rhodia enjoys solid positions in the market of oxygenated solvents, derived from acetone and ethanol, produced in Rhodia’s industrial unit in Paulinia, Brazil. 

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