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Huber To Begin Producing Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients

ATLANTA, Nov. 2, 2010Huber Engineered Materials, a division of the J.M. Huber Corporation, announces its Health and Nutrition business has received a drug manufacturing license to begin producing active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) such as calcium carbonate granulation for use in the manufacturing of antacids and other pharma applications.

The license granted by California’s Department of Public Health – Food and Drug Branch represents a significant milestone for the continued development of Huber’s Health & Nutrition business and its Modesto, Calif., granulation facility.  Huber Health & Nutrition also produces pharmaceutical grade products at its Quincy, Ill., operation, which is also registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for producing APIs. 

“Huber is very pleased California has issued this license, as it allows us to expand our manufacturing capabilities and offer customers an even more robust offering of products and services,” says Minas Apelian, Ph.D., Vice President and General Manager of Huber’s Health & Nutrition business unit.  “As the only granulation supplier that also produces calcium carbonate powders, Huber has full control over the calcium carbonate supply chain, allowing us to offer customers customized calcium products with superior levels of quality and service consistency.”

Huber became a granulator of calcium carbonate and oyster shell powders with its 2003 acquisition of Micro Powders and Braig Incorporated and added to its portfolio with the addition of West Coast Ingredients in 2006.  A significant advancement in Huber’s particle engineering capacity was made in 2007 with the addition of fluid bed granulation and trituration.  

“We’ve been able to make great strides in developing Huber Health & Nutrition, as we are recognized as a quality and responsive supplier of calcium carbonate and other nutritional ingredients to the fortified food and dietary supplement markets,” adds Apelian.  “We are looking forward to strengthening our presence by offering antacid granulations and other APIs backed by our strong commitment to developing and manufacturing quality products and delivering unparalleled customer service."

Those interested in learning more about Huber Health & Nutrition should visit hubermaterials.com or contact Nick Kalfas, global director of sales, at 610-838-6871 or Scott Marsi, director of commercial development, at 609-713-0254.


About Huber Engineered Materials
Huber Engineered Materials develops engineered specialty ingredients that enhance the performance, appeal and processing of a broad range of products used in industrial, paper and consumer-based applications. Its inorganic expertise has resulted in advancing the art in specialty silica and silicates, alumina trihydrate, magnesium hydroxide, barium sulfate and natural calcium carbonate.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Huber Engineered Materials has offices in 15 countries. For more information, see www.hubermaterials.com.

About J.M. Huber Corporation
J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Edison, NJ, is a diversified, multinational supplier of engineered materials, natural resources and technology-based services to customers spanning many industries from paper and energy to plastics and construction. J.M. Huber Corporation is one of the largest family-owned companies in the United States. The company offers total solutions in inorganic chemistry, engineered wood composites and other specialties. For more information, see www.huber.com.

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