Stoney Creek, Ontario — Following an earlier expansion of its malic and fumaric acid finishing capacity earlier this year, Bartek Ingredients Inc. is making further investments to boost production with the purchase of a maleic anhydride reactor with a 22,000 metric tons a year ability, according to the supplier.
The investment was spurred on by anticipated long-term growth in the global acidulants market, according to Bartek. The equipment also further integrates the supplier’s upstream raw material production with its downstream finishing capacity.
“The new reactor will be a welcome addition to the North American market, where additional capacity is projected to be required by 2023,” says CEO John Burrows. “Bartek is committed to leading the global market in malic and food grade fumaric acid, and ensuring that our customers are supplied for years to come is a vital element of our long-term strategy.”
Delivery of the reactor is slated for the final quarter of 2020, and the equipment is expected to be online by the second quarter of 2021.
“This investment decision by the Bartek board supports the company’s strategy of investing ahead of market demand and reinforces the company’s objective to operate a best-in-class manufacturing operation,” adds Matt Chapman, partner at Bartek’s parent company, TorQuest Partners.