Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., announced plans to significantly expand production capacity of its Klucel hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC) product line in Hopewell, Virginia. The expansion is expected to begin production in the second half of 2016. Klucel HPC is a tablet binder and coating ingredient used in pharmaceutical applications and dietary supplements worldwide.
Ashland opened a pharmaceutical center of excellence in Hyderabad, India, earlier this year, and is expanding its technical capabilities in Wilmington, Del. and its Polyplasdone crospovidone capacity in Texas City, Texas.