US Cabot expands fumed silica capacity by 25% in Wales, UK

25 March 2013 15:40  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Cabot has completed a project to increase capacity by 25% at its fumed silica facility in Barry, Wales, the US-based specialty chemicals producer said on Monday.

“The expansion is part of a three-year plan started in 2011 to increase the company's global fumed metal oxide capacity by 35-40%,” Cabot said.

The project also extends Cabot’s relationship with US-based silicone producer Dow Corning, which began in 1991 when Cabot built its fumed silica facility next to Dow Corning’s silicone monomer plant in Barry.

Dow Corning provides Cabot with silanes that are converted to fumed silica for Dow Corning’s compounded silicones applications and in electronics, adhesives and composites, Cabot said.

Fumed silica is used to improve the performance of adhesives, sealants, cosmetics, inks, toners, silicone rubber, coatings, polishing slurries and pharmaceuticals.

It is used in the automotive, construction, microelectronics and consumer products industries.

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