Evonik opens new plant for specialty silicones in Shanghai
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.