Evonik Industries is building a new plant for manufacturing catalysts for biodiesel production in Argentina. In an official ceremony held on September 15, 2011, and in the presence of industry representatives and politicians, Evonik Executive Board member Dr. Dahai Yu placed the foundation stone. “We want to further solidify and expand our position as a leading provider of catalysts for biodiesel production,” declared Yu. “This investment is a clear sign of our commitment in South America and symbolic of our strategy to take part in the growth of this region,” he added.
The detail engineering of the facility is already complete. The plant, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2012 at the latest, will supply ready-to-use alcoholates as catalysts for the production of biodiesel from renewable resources. It will primarily serve markets in Argentina and Brazil, with an annual capacity of over 60,000 metric tons.
The facility is located in the center of the Argentine biodiesel industry in Puerto General San Martin in the greater Rosario metropolitan area. Evonik will be part of a site where Terminal 6 S.A. operates a major biodiesel facility. “We will complete the plant construction without undue delay to ensure that our South American customers will soon have access to our high-quality, locally produced catalysts,” says Jan Van den Bergh, the Head of the Evonik Advanced Intermediates Business Unit.
“The new facility in Argentina will strengthen our business around the world and in the region,” notes Van den Bergh. “This will allow us to participate in the significant market growth for biodiesel, which is projected to expand strongly in the intermediate term."