LANXESS doubled its production capacity for benzyl alcohol at its site in Kalama, Wash., to support the growth of its customer base in the Americas. The capacity expansion is the result of various technical upgrades.

“The Kalama site now serves as the central hub in our global plant network of four sites producing high-purity benzyl alcohol,” said Holger Hueppeler, head of LANXESS’ Flavors & Fragrances business unit. “By doubling Kalama’s production capacity, we can provide fast international deliveries and offer a resilient supply chain that can cope with increasing geopolitical uncertainties.”

Benzyl alcohol is used as preservative, solvent, fragrance fixative and intermediate, valued for its low volatility and low toxicity.