Evonik Industries plans to increase its silica production capacity
25 October 2010
Evonik has announced that it is to increase silica production significantly. "By 2014 we will have gradually expanded global capacity at our existing plants by 25 percent, thus securing supply for our global customers," says Klaus Engel, chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik Industries. Investments to ensure this increase in production capacity will be in the mid double-digit million euro range. Total capacity expansion is expected to be in the six-digit metric ton region and will be implemented mainly at Evonik’s existing silica sites in Asia and Europe. In May 2010 Evonik had announced capacity expansion for precipitated silicas at its subsidiary INSILCO Ltd. in Gajraula, India.
Evonik is the market leader in precipitated silicas. The market is expected to grow substantially over the next few years. “Through our capacity expansion, we plan to satisfy the increasing demand and to achieve further growth along with the market," explains Thomas Hermann, head of Inorganic Materials, the business unit covering silicas and other specialty chemicals. The move also enables Evonik to continue ensuring the availability of its precipitated silicas in all regions.
The application possibilities for precipitated silicas are diverse. Silica, along with organosilane, is a crucial component in low-rolling resistance tires. Silicas are also used as carriers and free flow agents in the food and animal feed industries, and serve as additives in the paints and coatings industries, or even as abrasives in toothpaste.