In the early 1900s, a new line of Twitchell Oils and lubrication products for natural and synthetic fibres were developed, becoming the early forerunners of today’s broad line of surfactants. After Jack Emery took over, the commercial production of existing products was improved, and the Emery Candle Company would further its product line into the fields of plasticizers, synthetic lubricants and aroma chemicals with advanced proprietary technologies.
Site expansions in 1980 in Cincinnati saw the addition of one of the world’s largest fatty acid distillation columns that is capable of refining and producing pharmaceutical grade 99.8% glycerine. Later, under the Henkel organization, additional technologies, fatty alcohols and alkyl polyglycosides were brought to the site. These were also the result of research activities, which originated outside of Cincinnati, testament to Henkel’s in-depth understanding of the opportunities in the chemical industry. Our leading brand, LOXIOL®, which today is one of the plastics industry’s success stories, originated from the Loxstedt production site in 1957.
Interestingly, Cognis’ Nutrition & Health, Care Chemicals, Organic Specialties and Oleochemicals businesses took a more customer-focused approach to its specialty chemical business and grew to supply over 2,000 products to manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble and Lever Brothers. It also provided formulations for detergents and household cleansers, cosmetics and toiletries, and organic specialties (natural-based) such as plastics, paints, coatings, lubricants and agricultural chemicals.
The Malaysia base that was established in1984 expanded the company’s reach in a region that was primed for exponential growth. As Cognis Oleochemicals, the company became the world leader in oleochemicals by manufacturing a wide range of fatty acids and alcohols. By this time, specialized chemicals for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) lubricants, oilfield, fatty acids, glycerides, triacetine and many more were part of the product range.
With Emery Oleochemicals, the Sime Darby Plantation and PTT Global Chemical partnership combines unmatched expertise and synergy in plantations, oleochemicals and petrochemicals. This allows the company to leverage opportunities for upstream and downstream integration, benefitting customers with a comprehensive range of application-driven business solutions.