Evonik to expand precipitated silica production 30% by 2014

13 November 2012 11:56  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Evonik is in the process of ramping up its production capacity for precipitated silica in anticipation of strong demand for use in fuel-efficient tyres, the German chemicals company said on Tuesday.

The expansion of its global precipitated silica facilities is intended to increase Evonik’s production levels of the material by 30% by 2014, compared its capacity in 2010, the company said.

The decision has been driven by measures such as the EU’s new tyre efficiency labelling requirements, which came into effect on 1 November this year, according to the company.

"We’ve committed to expanding our capacities worldwide by about 30% by 2014, as compared to 2010. Right now, we’re already about halfway there,” said Thomas Haeberle, executive board member responsible for resource efficiency, Evonik

“We’ve aligned our business activities to global megatrends. With our precipitated silicas, which are primarily used in high-quality car tyres, we’re serving the resource efficiency megatrend,” he added.

The company declined to give an exact figure for the investment involved in the expansion, but stated that it was in the high tens of millions of euros.

The company produces precipitated silicas at ten sites in nine countries.

“Initially, we saw increasing demand in Europe. Now Asia and North America are following suit. Other regions will follow," said Johannes Ohmer, Evonik’s head of inorganic materials.

Belgian chemicals producer Solvay recently completed an expansion of its dispersible silica production capacity in France in an anticipation of increased demand for energy efficient tyres.

By: Tom Brown
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