Evonik Starts Up New Precipitated Silica Plant in U.S.

October 17, 2018

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Evonik Starts Up New Precipitated Silica Plant in U.S.
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Specialty chemicals firm Evonik Industries recently commenced operations at its new, $120 million precipitated silica production plant in South Carolina, the company announced Wednesday, increasing the firm’s ability to meet demand from the North American tire industry.

“The opening of the new production plant is an important step in strengthening our position as a global partner for the tire industry,” Herald Schwager, deputy chairman of Evonik’s executive board, said in a company press release. “In the expansion of our silica business we’re following a clear strategy. In addition to taking over the activities of Huber Silica, we’re continually expanding our capacities for silica.”

Plans for the new facility, located at the Bushy Park Industrial area near Charleston, SC, were first announced in December 2016. During the same month, the specialty chemicals firm acquired the silica business of J.M. Huber for $630 million. 

Evonik will manufacture a variety silica products for the tire industry at the North Carolina plant, including its newly-introduced ULTRASIL 7800 GR silica. The company said the site’s proximity to major tire industry customers was a major driver behind the project.

With the opening of the new facility, Evonik has a total production capacity of about 1 million mt/yr for silica-based products. In July this year, Evonik announced plans to boost the capacity of its precipitated silica plant in Adapazari, Turkey by 40,000 mt/yr, Powder & Bulk Solids reported.

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More than 40 new jobs were created at the new U.S. plant. 

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