Specialty chemicals maker Evonik Industries plans to increase its production capacity for precipitated silica at the firm’s Adapazari, Turkey plant, the German company announced in a recent press release. The move is expected to increase the site’s output of silica by 40,000 MT/yr.
Responding to a lift in demand from tire producers, Evonik is investing “a sum in the lower double-digit million euro range” to complete the project by 2020. The chemical manufacturer and the EGE KIMYA company will jointly operate the facility.
“As a powerful partner for the tire industry and one of the world’s leading producers of silica products such as ULTRASIL, with this capacity expansion, we are reacting to the massive demand in the industry, strengthening our business partnership with the tire manufacturers,” said Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH Board of Management member Dr. Johannes Ohmer in a statement.
Evonik said the lift in demand for highly dispersible (HD) silica stems from increased manufacturing of “green,” or environmentally-friendly, tires in Europe and the Middle East. The site will produce ULTRASIL rubber silica and other precipitated silica products.
“This is a consistent response to the challenge of reliably providing innovative products and custom solutions to our regional customers,” said Andreas Fischer, head of the Silica Business Line, in the company’s release.