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Kao boosts jasmine fragrance

Japan's Kao Corporation is to double capacity for the synthetic fragrance methyl dihydrojasmonate (MDJ) at its site in Olesa, Spain, by adding a second production facility. MDJ is used to give a jasmine fragrance to a wide range of consumer products and Kao is already the leader in the 20,000 tonnes/year European market, which is projected to grow at 4% year.

The new facility should be completed by December and will begin production in early 2023. It will use in-house manufacturing methods. Kao said that enhanced productivity will cut CO2 emissions by 2,000 tonnes/year, while also reducing the amount of energy needed for wastewater treatment by eliminating the 850 tonnes/year of saline wastewater currently being produced at the site.

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