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Evonik announces new silica plant in the US

On May 26, Evonik Industries announced plans to build a new production plant for precipitated silica in the United States. Evonik did not release all details of the new plant as the project is still subject to approval from the relevant bodies, but the world-scale facility will 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. Evonik already operates a precipitated silica plant in Chester, Pennsylvania, which was expanded by 20,000 tons in a project completed in September 2014. Between 2010 and 2014, Evonik increased its global capacity for precipitated silica by around 30 percent.

In the press release, Klaus Engel, Chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik Industries, said, “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.”

Apart from precipitated silica, Evonik also produces AEROSIL® fumed silica and matting agents based on silica under the ACEMATT® brand name. Overall, the company has a global annual capacity for precipitated and fumed silica as well as matting agents of around 550,000 metric tons.

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