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Rhodia boosting silica capacity in US, Europe

Rhodia (Lyon, France) has announced plans to increase capacity for highly dispersible silica production capacity at its plants in Chicago Heights, Illinois and Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, France by 32,000 tons per year. Start ups are planned in the fourth quarter 2011 (US) and the first quarter 2012 (France).

These projects will supplement Rhodia’s recently inaugurated Qingdao (China) plant, which has a capacity of 72,000 tons per year. Combined, these three investments will increase Rhodia’s Highly Dispersible Silica capacity by over 40%.

“These expansions will ensure that globally we will be there for our customers to meet future demand for fuel efficient tires around the world,” commented Tom Benner, President of Rhodia Silica.

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