20 December 2012 10:56 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Evonik is planning a 20,000 tonne/year expansion to its precipitated silica production capacity in the US, the German chemicals major said on Thursday.
The expansion is part of the company’s drive to expand its global silica production levels by 30% over its 2010 capacity by 2014, the company added.
The new facility, to be located at Evonik’s site in Chester, Pennsylvania, is expected to be operational by 2014. The level of investment stands in the low double-digit million euros, according to the company.
“The market growth for precipitated silicas is primarily based on the trend to use fuel-efficient low-resistance tyres,” said Thomas Haeberle, a member of Evonik’s executive board with responsibility for the company’s resource efficiency business operations.
“We first saw rising demand [for precipitated silicas] in Europe, and now Asia and America are following suit along with other regions,” added Johannes Ohmer, Evonik’s head of inorganic materials.
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