ERJ staff report (LMH)
Lyon, France -- Rhodia plans to increase its silica production capacities by 32 000 tonnes this year with significant investment in the US and France, the chemical company said in a 22 Feb statement.
Rhodia said expansions are planned in its Chicago Heights and Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or plants, with production start-up expected by the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 respectively.
Along with the firm's recently inaugurated Qingdao plant in China, which has a capacity of 72 000 tonnes per year, the expansions â€œwill increase Rhodia's highly dispersible capacity by over 40 percent,â€ the company said.
"These expansions will ensure that globally we will be there for our customers to meet future demand for fuel efficient tires around the world,â€ Tom Benner,
president of Rhodia Silica, said.
Rhodia's highly dispersible silica is used in the production of fuel-efficient tyres.
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Press release from Rhodia