At a Glance
Cyclodextrins are oligosaccharides obtained by enzymatic means from starch-containing raw materials such as corn or potatoes. Cyclodextrins are vegetarian-grade and non-allergenic, and do not have an E number. The characteristic feature of cyclodextrin molecules is their ring-shaped, three-dimensional structure,with a hydrophobic cavity in the center, which is capable of receiving a lipophilic “guest” molecule – provided its size and shape are compatible. Its hydrophilic outer surface ensures compatibility with aqueous systems. These specific properties of cyclodextrin complexes open up a wide range of new application fields in a wide variety of industries. WACKER is the only company in the world to manufacture all three natural cyclodextrins – α, β and γ. WACKER markets them under the product name CAVAMAX®: We offer CAVAMAX® cyclodextrins in pharmaceutical grade (CAVAMAX® Pharma), food grade (CAVAMAX® Food), as well as standard technical grade. In addition, we have various other CAVAMAX® complexes in our portfolio. CAVAMAX® cyclodextrins from WACKER are used in different applications in the food and food supplement industries, as well as in consumer care, pharmaceuticals and (construction) paints.