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--- Solvay announces today its decision to build a new state-of-the-art facility to manufacture vanillin in Zhenjiang City, in China's Jiangsu Province, boosting its production capacities by 40% and enabling the Group to better serve the fast-growing Asian market.

Solvay Aroma Performance is the world's biggest producer of vanillin with facilities in Baton Rouge in the United States and Saint-Fons in France. Combined with the new plant in Zhenjiang, expected to be operational by the end of 2014, the company's worldwide production capacities for vanillin and ethyl-vanillin will expand significantly. Demand for vanillin in Asia is outpacing worldwide demand. The Zhenjiang facility will be fully compliant with both international and local stringent regulations.

With this new investment, Solvay Aroma Performance establishes a unique, sustainable and  global industrial fully integrated vanillin platform, spread over three continents, and controls the entire production chain, from making the raw material catechol to flagship end products like Rhovanil® vanillin. A network of fully equipped food application laboratories and food technologists together with a dedicated sales force cater for specific local demands and serve clients worldwide with a complete product range to meet strict regulatory and customer safety requirements.

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