Waterford, New York– Momentive Performance Materials Inc is set to start a “strategic expansion” of its Leverkusen, Germany, site in a bid to increase its production capacity for serving the automotive markets.
Momentive to expand German silane capacity
This expansion, it said, will enhance the company’s capability for meeting the growing demand for “innovative products that help global tire producers improve product performance”.
The NXT silane manufacturing facility is expected to begin production in late 2017.
“The expanded capacity will enable us to better serve our customers as we continues to make strategic capital investments in our speciality technologies,” said Jack Boss, president and CEO.
The project in Leverkusen is aligned with the company’s growth plans in the global automotive industry and is a key part of its ability to offer a “comprehensive portfolio of speciality products”, he added.
The site will market locally-produced NXT silane material in Europe for the first time.
According to Boss, the site is strategically-located with proximity to key customers.
“As tire manufacturers continue to work towards reducing fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, NXT silane can play a large role in delivering benefits such as rolling resistance, traction and fuel economy in tires,” said Rich Owins, vice president, Silanes.