Ajinomoto plans $21-million renewable surfactants site in Brazil


In Brazil, Ajinomoto is planning to build a facility to produce surfactants from amino acids derived from plant-based resources. The new plant at Pederneiras will cost approximately $21 million and begin production in fall 2020. The site will increase Ajinomoto’s production capacity for the surfactants, trade named Amisoft, by 60%.

The new facility closely follows an Amisoft expansion at Tokai, Japan and is the largest investment in history of the company’s personal care business.

Amisoft is used in shampoos, shower gel, face wash, and other consumer items. The renewable chemistry was first launched in 1972 and has been supplied to more than 5,000 personal care companies in 55 countries.