Evonik plans to build a new production plant for precipitated silica

29-May-2015 - USA

Evonik Industries has started basic engineering for a new production plant for precipitated silica with focus on the rubber and especially the growing tire industry. The world-scale facility is planned to be built in the South East of the United States, in close proximity to major American tire production sites. The investment volume for the facility will be in the upper double-digit million € range. Completion is scheduled for late 2017 to provide the North American market with products from local production. The overall project still needs the approval of the relevant bodies.

Klaus Engel, Chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik Industries, says: “Evonik is on a growth path. In planning this new silica plant, we are preparing our largest North American investment of the past five years. By doing so, we will continue to strengthen our leading market position as a silica supplier.”

Johannes Ohmer, management member of the Resource Efficiency Segment, says: “We are going to continue expanding our precipitated silica capacities—a global program that we started five years ago. The resource efficiency megatrend fuels the demand for our products. Interest in energy-saving tires is continuously growing in North America. That’s why we are planning to build the plant close to our customers—the large tire manufacturers.”

Between 2010 and 2014, Evonik increased its global capacity for precipitated silica by around 30 percent. In September 2014, Evonik already put into operation a plant expansion at our US facility in Chester, Pennsylvania for an additional annual production capacity of around 20,000 metric tons.

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