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Merck Unveils New $32M Pigments Production Line

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The new asset at the Gernsheim, Germany site will produce silicon dioxide flakes to support the firm's Colorstream and Xirona product lines.

Science and technology firm Merck KGaA of Darmstadt, Germany opened a new production line for silica-based effect pigments Tuesday at its manufacturing site in Gernsheim, Germany.

The company invested about €28 million (around $32.8 million) to increase production of silicon dioxide flakes, which is used as a substrate in its Colorstream and Xirona product ranges of automotive coatings and color cosmetics.

“Silica-based pigments enable especial effects, that are exceptionally well received by our customers and perfectly meet recent market trends,” Jeff White, head of Surface Solutions at Merck KGaA, said in a company release. “Through this state-of-the-art production facility, we will significantly increase the capacity for silica-based pigments in Gernsheim and flexibility in order to capture these growth opportunities.”

The asset is the second production line for silica-based pigments at the Gernsheim location.

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