Evonik Breaks Ground on New Silica Plant


Specialty chemicals company Evonik recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a new fumed silica plant in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, China.

Scheduled to become operational in 2021, the location is a joint venture between Evonik and Chinese chemicals company Wynca.

“As a kind of Smart Materials, silica belongs to one of the four strategic growth engines identified by Evonik because of its rapid market growth and extensive applications,” said Andreas Fischer, board member of Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH at the groundbreaking ceremony.

“As our first fumed silica plant in China, the new plant in Zhenjiang will further improve the global production network of Aerosil and ensure a more solid supply for Chinese customers.”

The venture will combine Evonik's product technology with the silicone industry value chain formed by Wynca, building a production facility for Evonik’s Aerosil fumed silica products by utilizing chlorosilanes from Wynca, according to the companies.

In addition, the byproduct hydrochloric acid will also be fully utilized as a raw material for Wynca’s Zhenjiang site. This production loop is expected to make full use of byproducts from each side and achieve perfect resource recycling and synergies among organic silicon monomer, chlorosilane and fumed silica production, the companies say.

“As leaders in different industries, Evonik and Wynca have a lot in common and are highly complementary in strategic concepts,” said Jianhua Wu, Chairman of the Wynca Group.

“Forming a high-end fumed silica project in Zhenjiang New Material Park through this strong alliance is in line with the business strategies of both sides.”


Tagged categories: AS; Asia Pacific; Business matters; Business operations; Evonik; Good Technical Practice; Silicate

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