Evonik opens new plant for spe­cialty sil­i­cones in Shang­hai

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Evonik

has started up a new plant in Shang­hai, China, for pro­duc­tion of a wide range of or­gan­i­cally mod­i­fied spe­cialty sil­i­cones. The prod­ucts man­u­fac­tured in batch pro­cesses, are used in polyurethane, paints, and coat­ings ap­pli­ca­tions as well as in a va­ri­ety of other in­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tions.

In­au­gu­rat­ing the plant re­cently, Chris­tian Kull­mann, Chair­man of the Ex­ec­u­tive Board of Evonik said, “The

plant is yet an­other im­por­tant cor­ner­stone in Evonika growth strat­egy. We are fo­cus­ing on busi­nesses with a clear ori­en­ta­tion to­ward spe­cialty chem­i­cals and on pow­er­ful in­no­va­tions to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the value of the com­pany.”

Evonik in­vested a high two-digit mil­lion euro sum in the con­struc­tion of the new pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties. Con­struc­tion took only about a year. The new plant has sim­pli­fied Evonik’s sup­ply chain. It now pro­duces many spe­cialty sil­i­cones lo­cally, they no longer need to ship them from Europe or North Amer­ica to Asia. This en­ables to re­act faster to re­quests and in­creases our flex­i­bil­ity, said Claus Ret­tig, Chair­man of the Man­age­ment Board of the Re­source Ef­fi­ciency Seg­ment.

The new plant is part of a global in­te­grated pro­duc­tion sys­tem that is the back­bone for the man­u­fac­ture of about 3,000 dif­fer­ent prod­ucts. Or­gan­i­cally mod­i­fied spe­cialty play an im­por­tant role in the for­mu­la­tion of in­su­la­tion ma­te­rial for build­ings and en­sure en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in cool­ing de­vices. Spe­cialty sil­i­cones are also es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ents of many paints and coat­ings other spe­cial fields of ap­pli­ca­tion.

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