Evonik opens new membrane production facility in Austria

16-Nov-2017 - Austria

Evonik Industries has opened another membrane production facility at its Austrian plant in Schörfling. The new hollow fiber spinning plant predominantly produces membrane modules for efficient nitrogen generation and for process gases. Nitrogen accounts for roughly 40 percent of the estimated global gas separation market, making it the second-largest market after natural gas.

Dr. Harald Schwager, deputy chairman of Evonik’s Executive Board, says: “The membrane business is an excellent example of how important innovations are for corporate success. Here, we are generating growth for Evonik with new products, and harnessing new markets in close cooperation with our customers.”

In Schörfling, Evonik currently produces gas separation modules predominantly for the biogas market and helium recovery. The new hollow fiber spinning plant doubles the existing production capacities for SEPURAN® membranes.

Dr. Claus Rettig, chairman of the Board of Management of Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH, says: “The Schörfling investment expands our possibilities for placing the membrane portfolio on a broader footing. Our aim is to offer our customers and partners custom-tailored membranes in the entire gas separation market.”

In total, Evonik has invested an amount in the mid double-digit million euro range in the expansion of the Austrian plant. Besides the new hollow fiber spinning plant, additional facilities have been created for technology development, application technology, membrane testing and quality assurance. Over 30 new jobs have been created in production and administration.

The company’s plant in Lenzing near the Schörfling site manufactures the source material polyimide, a high-performance polymer, which is spun and then further processed in Schörfling. The infrastructure in Lenzing is being correspondingly upgraded as part of site expansion.

Evonik Industries AG

f.l. Dr. Matthias Kottenhahn, Head of the High Performance Polymers Business Line of Evonik, Dr. Claus Rettig, Chairman of the Board of Management of Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH, Mag. Dr. Angelika Winzig, Member of the Austrian Parliament, Gerhard Gründl, Mayor of the municipality of Schörfling am Attersee, Dr. Harald Schwager, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of the Evonik Industries AG, Mag. Dr. Michael Strugl, Deputy Governor of Upper Austria (Chairman), Jean-Marc Chassagne, Managing Director of Evonik Fibres GmbH, Dr. Axel Kobus, Head of the Product Line Fibres, Membranes & Specialities of Evonik.

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