ERJ staff report (TP)
Essen, Germany – Evonik Industries has announced an expansion of its speciality silica capacities in Ako, Japan through a holding in DSL Japan Co. Ltd. (DSL).
Evonik holds 51 percent of shares in DSL, a joint venture with the Japanese Shionogi & Co. Ltd. The expansion, with an investment volume in the single-digit million euro range, is scheduled to become operational in 2015.
The speciality silicas of the Evonik Sipernat brand “improve” the properties of products such as batteries, silicones, engineered rubber items, or coatings.
Evonik added that it is expanding its silica capacities all over the world – in 2014 alone, Evonik said they are projected to have grown by approximately 30 percent compared to 2010.
A plant expansion for precipitated silicas is to become operational in Chester, US this year.
As ERJ reported in July, the company approved the construction of a silica plant in Brazil, which is to start up in 2016.
The expansion in North and South America follows the expansions in Europe and Asia, which have already been completed. Thus, a larger production facility became operational in Thailand in March 2014.