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Evonik opens new Applied Technology center in Germany for precipitated silica in tires and rubber

On May 15, 2014, Evonik Industries inaugurated a new building to house precipitated silica applied technology for tire and rubber at its Wesseling site near Cologne, Germany. Evonik invested an amount in the low tens of millions of € in the new building. The building was completed in 13 months and 34 technicians and scientists have been working there since October 2013. Evonik supplies precipitated silica to the tire industry globally from Wesseling where silica production and research were previously located. Thus it made sense to re-locate application engineering to the Wesseling site. Evonik will use the 2,500-square-meter building to develop and test new silica products for the rubber industry. Strict quality control, which is standardized worldwide, is applied to several thousand mixtures annually. The building is heated using waste from the plant’s silica production.

Evonik is in the midst of a worldwide capacity expansion program for its precipitated silica business. In March 2014, it opened an expanded precipitated silica facility in Thailand; in May 2013, it initiated planning for a new facility in Brazil; and it will begin operations later this year in an expanded facility in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. Evonik’s global silica production capacity will increase by approximately 30 percent over its 2010 capacity by the end of 2014.

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