ERJ staff report (DS)
Chicago heights, Illinois -- Rhodia inaugurated its expansion of highly
dispersible silica production at its Chicago Heights, furthering its
commitment to support the future growth of its customers. The expansion of 16,000 tons
increases Rhodia's North American capacity by 33 percent. The ribbon-cutting ceremony
included customers, key business partners, and public officials.
"One year after commissioning our new plant in Qingdao, China, this additional increase in
production capacity confirms our continued commitment to leadership in highly dispersible
silica," commented Tom Benner, president of Silica. "We are also in the construction phase
of a similar expansion at Collonges au Mont d'Or, France that will be completed in 2012.
The Chicago Heights site, located south of Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1995, is one of eight
Rhodia sites producing highly dispersible silica at the highest quality standard for fuel-saving
tyres, battery separators, and other key markets.
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Press release from Rhodia