Rhodia's highly dispersible silica capacity to grow by 32,000 t/year

22 February 2011 15:34  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Rhodia will increase its highly dispersible silica production capacity by 32,000 tonnes/year through investments at its plants in Chicago Heights in the US, and at Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, in France, the polyamide and specialty chemicals producer said on Tuesday.

Rhodia did not disclose how much it would invest or how much dispersible silica each site would produce.

"These expansions will ensure that globally we will be there for our customers to meet future demand for fuel efficient tyres around the world," said Tom Benner, president of Rhodia Silica.

Production was planned to start up at Chicago Heights in the fourth quarter of 2011 and at Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or in the first quarter of 2012.

These projects would supplement Rhodia's Qingdao plant in China, inaugurated in October 2010, which has a capacity of 72,000 tonnes/year, the company added.

Combined, the three plants would increase Rhodia's highly dispersible silica capacity by over 40%, it said.

"These expansions will ensure that globally we will be there for our customers to meet future demand for fuel efficient tyres around the world," said Tom Benner, president of Rhodia Silica.

Highly dispersible silica is used in manufacturing tyres.

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By: Franco Capaldo
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