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Evonik Expands Fumed Silica Capacity

Monday, July 15, 2019

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Specialty chemicals company Evonik recently announced that it has expanded its fumed silica capacity at its Antwerp, Germany, site.

The main goal for this expansion was to match what the company calls a high demand for its fumed silicas under the Aerosil brand, the typical applications for which include paints, coatings, adhesive systems, transparent silicones and nonflammable high-performance insulation materials.


Specialty chemicals company Evonik recently announced that it has expanded its fumed silica capacity at its Antwerp, Germany, site.

“We’re pursuing a clear growth strategy for our silica business. With the additional capacities, we’re ensuring supply for our customers over the long term,” said Harald Schwager, deputy chairman of Evonik’s executive board.

Along with the market for hydrophilic fumed silica, demand is also growing for specialty hydrophobic silicas, according to Evonik. Therefore, the  existing plant in Antwerp has been upgraded so that hydrophilic fumed silica can be given hydrophobic properties by special post-treatment.

Evonik therefore now produces hydrophobic Aerosil at a second European site in addition to Rheinfelden, meeting the high demand.

“We’re happy we’re now in a position to meet customer’s requests for higher quantities, in particular for hydrophobic Aerosil,” said Andreas Fischer, board member of Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH.

“The capacity to supply our own raw materials at the site, and its central location in Europe, were also especially important to us for this project. The site’s proximity to the international export port in Antwerp is an important factor in supplying our customers worldwide.”


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Business matters; Business operations; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Evonik; Good Technical Practice; Latin America; North America; Z-Continents

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