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Sonneborn Refined Products to launch Shea XP™ at the SCS Formulate in Coventry, UK

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Sonneborn Refined Products to launch Shea XP™ at the SCS Formulate in Coventry, UK

Amsterdam, NL – October 13, 2016   Sonneborn Refined Products will launch Shea XP™ Active Base Emollient, Made with AAK Shea Technology™ at the SCS Formulate in Coventry, UK on the 15th of November.

Sonneborn and AAK, industry-leading emollient experts, have teamed up to create a new highly functional emollient which is a co-product of AAK Shea Technology and Sonneborn Hydrocarbon Expertise. This new emollient, Shea XP, significantly improves performance within formulations by delivering the full TEWL performance of petrolatum with the long term bio-functional skin health benefits of Shea butter. This patent-pending innovation formulates with the stability and rheology of petrolatum, while delivering a high functional content of shea triterpene esters. This combination of benefits and formulating ease creates a new standard of performance for base emollients to the personal care industry.  

“In collaboration with AAK, we fulfilled a need in the market for a base emollient that provides both protection and bio functional skin health benefits that consumers demand in mass and masstige personal care products.” said Maureen Iannucci, Sonneborn LLC Product Line Manager for Petrolatum and Vegetable Emollients.      

“Applying AAK’s highly functional Shea technology with Sonneborn’s long trusted emollient expertise has created a new class of emollient meeting the ever increasing needs of consumers for naturally inspired high performance personal care.” said John O’Keefe, AAK Director, Personal Care, North America.

About Sonneborn

For more than 100 years, Sonneborn has been setting industry standards the world over for the finest possible high purity specialty hydrocarbons in Personal Care, Pharmaceutical, Baking & Food, Agriculture, HI&I, Polymers and many other applications.  With manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe, Sonneborn is the world’s only high purity specialty hydrocarbon producer that offers this global reach of expertise and depth of experience. Sonneborn LLC is managed by OEP Capital Advisors, LP.

About AAK

AAK is a world leading producer of high performance vegetable derived ingredients for the Personal Care, Food Ingredients, and Confectionery Industries. Advanced processing technology delivers high purity, biological functionality, desirable skin feel, and long shelf life to market leading formulations around the world.  As the world’s leading producer of Shea butter, AAK has launched numerous innovations that deliver the functional benefits of Shea to the global beauty care industry.   AAK´s proven expertise and strong reputation is based on more than 100 years of experience within oils and fats. Listed on the Stockholm Nasdaq OMX Exchange with headquarters in Malmö, Sweden, production facilities, customization plants, and sales offices in more than 25 countries, with more than 2,400 employees who are dedicated to understand local market trends and needs.

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