Univar Expands Its White Oils Handling Capacity

Univar Inc. has announced that it is building a new facility to expand its white oils handling and distribution capabilities, enabling the company to better service an extend its agreement to distribute ExxonMobil’s white oil brands Marcol and Primol across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The plant is scheduled to open in Lieusaint, France, in mid-2011 and will include a €600,000 "white room" that is licensed for packaging by the French Medicinal Authority. The white room will operate in line with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines, featuring a filtered and pressurized air supply to provide the atmosphere required for maintaining clean filling conditions.

In addition, the production warehousing of incoming US Food and Drug Administration-approved packaging and finished materials will be in Univar’s 8,000-bay, narrow isle warehouse and to maintain the highest standards of quality assurance, the company will also introduce an in-house analytical department.

Sheila Mowatt, vice president, Supply Chain Operations EMEA, said in a press statement, “The new white oils contract has been signed at a time when we are looking to reduce our reliance on outsourced providers. We have first class facilities and people at Univar and we are actively looking to give our customers and suppliers added value by using our extensive asset base.”

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