The additional capacity will allow Vantage™ to better service personal care formulators and brands interested in its Metaupon™ range of Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate and Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate surfactants. This will also benefit existing N-Methyltaurine customers. The production expansion was completed in October 2020.
Vantage™ acquired LEUNA-Tenside GmbH in 2018, strengthening its European footprint while increasing its portfolio of naturally derived ingredients that address the growing demand for “clean beauty” formulations.
Alexander Snell, Senior Vice President of Europe, Middle East & Africa for Vantage™, said that ramping up production is only a first step toward making the Leuna site the Vantage™ expertise center for sulfate-free solutions.
Market data from Mintel suggest that the number of launches with “sulfate-free” claims in the Beauty and Personal Care category has grown with a compound annual growth rate of 25% over the past four years.
Metaupon™ surfactants are high-performance foam enhancers that create a rich, dense foam for mild rinse-off formulations. As part of this range, Vantage™ is offering both Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate and Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate at different concentrations. Taurate surfactants have been favored by formulators in applications targeting sensitive skin and scalp irritation because they’re extremely mild. In addition to their foam enhancement benefits, Metaupon™ surfactants provide a great skin feel, improving the overall sensorial experience. Their excellent flash foam and great compatibility with hard water make them excellent sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate alternatives in shampoos and body washes.