Evonik to expand polyamide 12 capacities in Germany, Asia

07 December 2011 11:11  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Evonik Industries will expand its capacities for the polymer polyamide 12 to meet rising demand, the Germany-based specialty chemicals company said on Wednesday.

Evonik said it is expanding its existing plant in Marl, Germany, by 5,000 tonnes/year, which is expected to start operating in 2012. Details of the total polyamide 12 (or nylon 12) production capacity at Marl was not disclosed by the company.

The group’s executive board also approved preliminary and basic planning for a new polyamide 12 facility in Asia with a production capacity of 20,000 tonnes/year. The plant is scheduled for completion within three years, however, its exact location in Asia was not disclosed.

“With the significant capacity expansion proposed, we plan to consolidate our leading position in polyamide 12 for the long term,” said Dahai Yu, a member of Evonik’s executive board with responsibility for the specialty materials segment.

“We’re relying here on growth in the established markets as well as in emerging regions like Asia,” Yu added.

Polyamide 12 is used in the automotive sector and in electricals and electronics, household gadgets, and sports equipment. Evonik produces polyamide 12 starting from butadiene; this is converted through various intermediate steps to the monomer laurolactam, which polymerises to polyamide 12, it said.

For more on Evonik visit ICIS company intelligence

By: Franco Capaldo
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