The new facility will be located in the city of Qingdao where Rhodia already operates a silica plant, said the company, in a 16 Nov statement.
According to Rhodia, tyres generated using the silica use 5 percent less fuel and reduce emissions of CO2 from vehicles.
The company said that the plant will be built using a modular design so that it can be expanded in the future to support the rapidly growing market.
â€œThis investment will allow Rhodia to respond to rapidly growing demand in the Asian region,â€ said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Rhodia, in the statement. â€œThis move fits perfectly within our strategy to develop businesses in which we have a strong and sustainable leadership position and prioritise investment in China.â€
President of Rhodia's Silcea enterprise, Eric Noyrez said that the investment demonstrates its commitment to respond to increasing customer demand for products which are more environmentally sustainable.â€
Rhodia has silica plants in France, Italy, Venezuela, Brazil, Korea, China and the US.(ss)
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Press release from Rhodia