Germany's Evonik plans to build new MMA plant at Mobile in the US

27 September 2012 09:36  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Evonik is planning to build a new 120,000 tonne/year methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant at its Mobile site in Alabama, the US, the German specialty chemicals maker said on Thursday.

The new plant - with an investment in the “three-digit million euro range" - is expected to come on stream in the middle of 2015 and will create up to 100 jobs in Mobile, the company said in a statement.

The project is currently awaiting the approval of the relevant bodies, it said.

“As Evonik’s largest North American site, Mobile offers the advantages of a strong infrastructure and optimal availability of all raw materials and power,” said Gregor Hetzke, head of Evonik’s performance polymers unit.

“The location of the site on the Gulf of Mexico also allows delivery by sea to customers all over the world,” Evonik added.

Evonik has been producing MMA at the German sites of Worms and Wesseling, at Fortier in the US as well as in Shanghai, China.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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